Look, life is not football. It's more important. I do get that. But, sorry. At a certain point in last night's Dallas ISD board meeting, a big scoreboard flashed in my mind. MIKE MILES, 7. JOHN WILEY PRICE, 0. Very, very superficial of me, I know. But, hey, I am not the one who set it up this way. ... More >>
In Dallas ISD, a fight over principals, race and a slice of the pie.
In a key win for the district's embattled administration, Dallas Independent School District trustees voted tonight to fire two principals and as many as 400 teachers, over the often heated objections of employees and activists. It was the culmination of months of debate and protests over Superinte ... More >>
Looks like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission may have written the last sordid act in the ugly saga of Thomas Pak and the Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Records released yesterday reveal a settlement last August between Pak and the state alcohol agency by which Pak acce ... More >>
Rich, white, North Dallas businessmen are plotting to take over Dallas' schools. Maybe this time it'll work.
The Dallas Independent School District elections were held last weekend, and as we maybe should have known all along, Elizabeth Jones, Dan Micciche and Bernadette Nutall -- the candidates with tens of thousands of PAC dollars and personal endorsements from the Citizen -- blew out their competition. ... More >>
In two days, DISD school board trustee elections will be upon us, and we of Unfair Park are way more stoked than we have any right to be. Obviously, we're particularly excited about the District 9 race between the incumbent Bernadette Nutall and her 20-year-old challenger, Damarcus Offord. You can ... More >>
Led by a little-known minister, protesters rallied to run a Korean store owner out of business. Then they learned a little more about that minister.
A week ago Monday, two people picketed outside Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "Don't Stop, Don't Shop," and "They're Using the 'N' Word," their signs read. The day after that, there were three. One snapped my picture for crossing the picket line and entering the stor ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanSchutze broke the story a while back about a group of black people in South Dallas picketing the Diamond Shamrock gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. People in the neighborhood claimed the station's Korean owner had called black customers "broke-ass niggers, ... More >>
They argued, they reasoned, they pleaded, they threatened, they chanted, they cried. But in the end, it just didn't matter. It never really did. It's over, and it was never in doubt. Under budget pressure, and after a final, five-hour session, the Dallas Independent School District's board of trust ... More >>
Well, I think my hat-cam is going to change my life. Now I can take you along on my daily adventures. You don't especially want to go? Come on. Try it. Be a sport. What I do every day may not be high drama, but it beats working. I go to a lot of stuff that doesn't "make" as a story -- that i ... More >>
Dallas Independent School DistrictKathlyn GilliamFriends and allies of former Dallas School board president Kathlyn Gilliam quietly mourned her death early Sunday afternoon. She had fought a 13-month battle with cancer. Gilliam, 81, was the first black woman in history to serve on the Dallas scho ... More >>
When word came down earlier this evening that Nancy Hamon had died at 92, I immediately thought of the unfortunate dust-up three Julys ago, when some folks, among them Joyce Foreman and Carla Ranger, voiced their displeasure with the Dallas ISD's decision to put Hamon's name on the side of Booker ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsMiss him yet?Former Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa officially begins his new gig in Cobb County, Georgia, today. Hence, this morning's piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "New Cobb superintendent's job 1: Close students' achieveme ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenWe're guessing this was Rawlings's reaction when he received bills from his consultants.Former TracyLocke CEO Mike Rawlings easily outpaced the field of mayoral candidates by raising a whopping $1.03 million -- nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenThe three announced mayoral candidates -- Ron Natinsky, Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle -- squared off for the first time last night in North Oak Cliff.Although he typically exhibits a dry temperament, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle nabbed some much-needed laughs f ... More >>
Bill Blayes, Alan Walne and Donna Halstead -- The Ex-Council Members out of costume!Few days back we peeked at Carolyn Davis and Dwaine Caraway's what-updates as served up on Dallas Delivers, the city's riotous no-holds-barred talk show served up on Time Warner Cable Channel 16. Alas, some of us don ... More >>
Joyce Foreman Former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Joyce Foreman this morning weighs in on the death of former city council member James Fantroy, who died yesterday after a prolonged battle with kidney cancer. Among her thoughts on the subject: "He was the epitome of a public servant that a ... More >>
Extremely pushy parents—Latino, black and Anglo—must rise up to save DISD from itself
Joyce Foreman On her blog yesterday, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member and political activist Joyce Foreman posted an item in which she called Dallas city council member Dwaine Caraway “[Mayor] Leppert's head Negro watcher at Dallas city hall.” There has been some tittering about it ... More >>
So, looks like the Dallas Independent School District's Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow -- a specially called get-together, as they don't normally meet in July -- should be an especially interesting one. Because only a few hours after we posted the item about Joyce Foreman's displeasure over the ... More >>
Over on her blog, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Joyce Foreman directs our attention to the agenda for Thursday's meeting of the Dallas Independent School District board. Among the items on the agenda: a reopening of the August 25, 2005, discussion concerning proposed names for new an ... More >>
DART acts as though it is accountable to no man. Especially my man Betz.
DART comes up a billion bucks short, no worries. DART gets sued by a taxpayer for $5,000, watch the lawyers fly.
Talk about a long and winding road. Tomorrow the city council finally votes to fill the seat on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board left vacant when the late Lynn Flint Shaw resigned under a cloud last January 30. Shaw and her husband, writer Rufus Shaw, died March 11 in what police called a murder ... More >>
If DART backtracks on its subway promise, downtown traffic will be even more congested
Former (and future?) DART board member Joyce Foreman Pretty good fireworks this morning at the city council meeting over a last-minute decision by the mayor to delay consideration of appointments to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board. Several members clearly thought the mayor and his partner, Mayor ... More >>
TomLeppert.com Apropos of nothing, here's our newest favorite photo of the mayor, with his newest lil' buddy, Andy Hardy. As Schutze mentioned earlier, the non-vote on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board appointment highlighted the craziness at today’s city council meeting. The other big item of ... More >>
Former (and future?) DART board member Joyce Foreman Lots of buzz this week about a bizarre performance on Monday at City Hall by council member Dwaine Caraway. He tried to rattle Joyce Foreman, who was being interviewed by the council for reappointment to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board. Forema ... More >>
Rufus Shaw Services for Rufus Shaw and Lynn Flint Shaw will be held tomorrow morning, during a funeral mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Oak Cliff scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. In addition to their son, Ian Shaw, surviving the couple is Rufus’ son, Rufus Shaw III; his two daughte ... More >>
Joyce Foreman, the council's pick for DART board chair? Story I get from normally plausible sources is that former Dallas City Manager John Ware, the mayor's candidate to replace deposed and disgraced former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chair Lynn Flint Shaw, is now "off the table." A growing cad ... More >>
Former Dallas City Manager John Ware -- now, apparently, the mayor's pick to replace DART board chair Lynn Flint Shaw Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chairman Lynn Flint Shaw’s resignation today is the first public eruption of a whole hell of a lot of fire and brimstone going on beneath the surfac ... More >>
New DART lines to cost $1 billion more than promised
White guys bribing black guys at Dallas City Hall
Who says the mayor is a racist? You'll be surprised by the answer.
DISD trustee Se-Gwen Tyler explains why she cast her controversial vote for an Anglo board president