Foundation for Community Empowerment

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    As the Dallas School Board Meets, Two Very Different Takes on What the Hell's Wrong

    What a difference a Williams makes. This morning -- on the day Dallas school trustees are supposed to decide whether to pull the rug from under reform Superintendent Mike Miles -- I looked at two sets of reports on the school district, one from Don Williams, the retired real estate executive who wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Now Southern Dallas Businessmen Are Lining Up Against Mike Miles. But Why?

    Three prominent Dallas business leaders have written a caustic public letter to Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, taking him to task generally for not conferring with them personally on school reform and specifically for threatening the job of a particular high school principal popular in South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    DISD's Getting a Grant to Help Kids With Science and Math. And It's from Outer Space!

    ​Speaking of the Dallas Independent School District and grant money ...I was poking around the briefing agenda for this week's meeting of the board of trustees and noticed this intriguing item: NASA -- yes, that NASA, not this NASA -- is giving the DISD, via the Foundation for Community Empowermen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Look, It Has Always Paid to Be Royce West

    Sam MertenState Sen. Royce West and friendsFormer Dallas Observer ace reporter (and sometime-Unfair Park contributor) Matt Pulle has a great piece up today on the Texas Watchdog Web site revealing that in 2008 alone, state Sen. Royce West's 10-person law firm billed the City of Dallas, Dallas Area R ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2009

    Slumdog Millionaires

    If the Morning News considers itself the "conscience" of southern Dallas, it has a lot of explaining to do.

  • News

    December 18, 2008

    Congresswoman Calls Out John Wiley Price for Shaking Down Development Deal

    Local pols back off a master plan that would have put the squeeze on a major southern Dallas development

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    To Be Honest, DISD Board Prez Jack Lowe Doesn't Care What You Think

    Last month, while working on this profile of Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, I met DISD board of trustees president Jack Lowe for coffee at the La Madeline by SMU. Lowe, as you may recall, said upon the revelation of the district's initial $64-million budget short ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    DISD Trustees May Make Cutbacks in Democratic Process

    DISD trustees may try to cancel next year's school board election to preserve the status quo and the superintendent

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    D? Well, Maybe D-.

    Look, let me take one specific portion of the D special issue about the Dallas Independent School District that came out this week and use it to explain why I don’t think much of this stuff is worth reading. This was a sidebar under the byline of our former colleague, Mark Stuertz, who was fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Whirlpool's Going to Clean Up Frazier Courts

    A couple of years back, home appliance maker Whirlpool started working with Habitat for Humanity, promising by 2011 to put either money or, say, a washing machine in every house HfH built -- around the world, no kiddin'. Till then it's sponsoring, through a project called Building Blocks, Habitat co ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Vox Populi

    Wait a minute...There's democracy in Dallas?

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007
  • News

    January 4, 2007

    From the Ground Up

    Central Dallas Ministries helps the poor find their own bootstraps

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Forget Why

    Knowing where crime happens is enough to do something about it

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2006

    Spreading the Blame

    Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador, said he doesn't really dig Jews, Koreans and Arabs who own stores in black neighborhoods. Then he apologized. Good luck with all that. Wilonsky's piece on South (not "Southern") Dallas in this week's paper version of Unfair Park is full of hope and commitmen ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Change Is Gonna Come

    With some help from his friends, Don Williams intends to save South Dallas one block at a time

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    The One That Got Away

    In a Lancaster gym, Greg Hatley is raising boxing champions, but the best fighter he ever saw isn't among them

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    By the Book

    A socially conscious collection of bookworms look for more than words