DISD's Running Full-Speed to Reform Through New West Dallas "School Zone"
Chartering a new course: Mayor Tom Leppert and DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa this morning at Dallas City Hall
This morning's mayor's breakfast at City Hall featured a parade of speakers covering the need for big-picture reforms in West Dallas education, the sort of shakeups that are remaking schools in such cities as Washington, D.C., New Orleans and New York.
While the grant application hadn't been completed yet, Hinojosa said they'd be sending it in soon, looking to tap into a wave of federal funding that will be opening up to school districts willing to shake things up. "There is a sea change happening, and we need to be ready for it," Hinojosa said. He said it wasn't about replacing teachers and principals who are already working in DISD's West Dallas schools, but about putting additional talent in the mix. "It is not a scarcity mentality, where we're gonna push these people out," he said. "It's an abundance mentality."
DFCC is holding an open house at 4 p.m. today to help spread the word about the morning's news. Hinojosa also said DISD would be busy with its own meeting this afternoon, stopping by Southern Methodist University (another Teaching Trust partner) to sit down with folks at the Bush Institute, which hosted a symposium on education leadership last month.
Rosemary Perlmeter, who founded Uplift Education, told us the Teaching Trust is a combined effort from West Dallas groups that's operating under the DFCC for now, until it can get its own tax ID. During his remarks this morning, Hinojosa pointed out Ellen Wood in the audience, who will be heading the group. Perlmeter said that the group is being modeled on similar nonprofits that have led education reform efforts in other big cities.
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