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 >>
Working on a big story about school reform these days. (Note to editor: definitely see completion this year, possibly early next. Best way you can help -- make sure I keep up my darned morale.) Speaking of morale, I wanted to go ahead and share a bit of the reporting with you in advance of the stor ... More >>
Seems like it was only a month-and-a-half ago that Stefani Carter, the Republican state rep from North Dallas, was just another face in that Mitt Romney campaign piece about how, despite having just been booed during his speech to the NAACP, black people love him. Now, she's a full-fledged surrogate ... More >>
Dear Friends Among Dallas Black Activists: Some of you have contacted me to ask me who this Uncle Tom son of a bitch Greg Howard is working for the Observer. One of you --- a guy with a long history of responsible activism -- called me from the picket line at the Shamrock Kwik-Stop on MLK Boulevar ... More >>
Alternative elementary schools used for discipline are a "pipeline to prison" and a drain on Dallas Independent School District's budget that should be closed, a group of DISD parents and activists said today. Alternative school opponents waded across the unkempt lawn at NW Harllee Elementary schoo ... More >>
As promised, Korean and black leaders met today in Oak Cliff to announce the end of the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop protests on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Rev. Ronald Wright addressed the media first, standing next to Korean Society of Dallas vice president Ted Kim. The two were flanked by bla ... More >>
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 >>
The sweet smell of money covers up garbage's stink.
Even Rick Perry doesn't hate science all the time. His uneasy relationship with evolution and global warming notwithstanding, the Man Beneath the Hair understands that sometimes all that brainy shit with the white coats and clipboards can actually benefit him. And that's exactly what happened in ... More >>
Yesterday's "Justice for John" event at the St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church was all kinds of things: a rally in support of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who entered to chants of "John! John! John!" before taking his seat near the back; a fund-raiser for his legal defen ... More >>
Speaking of Proposition 2, as we were this morning, and Proposition 1, as we were yesterday, on Thursday the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum at Jack's Backyard, where both props were on the table. And it was an all-star cast: Harlan Crow's second-in-command Anne Raymond and Phillip Jo ... More >>
Well, he did it again. Last night at a mayoral forum at Paul Quinn College, Ed Oakley boasted that his campaign has such a broad range of support that both the NAACP and Harlan Crow have endorsed him. And this time, Oakley was half right. Setting up the most awkward moment of the mayor’s race no ... More >>
The Mavs will win the championship. Right?
Hispanic leaders on DISD's payroll go mum about segregation at Preston Hollow
A Spanish-language requirement reopens old wounds at DISD
OutKast's Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the old South
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas redistricting is out, and by almost any measure it's a Republican victory. A 5-4 decision isn't exactly crushing, but the effects certainly are: DeLay's 2003 map, known as Plan 1374C, is left almost intact, as is his new tactic of redistricting whenever powe ... More >>
A new effort tries to unlock former felons' votes
Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?
They get elected with stolen votes, and then they start divvying up the goodies
In the battle for the District 6 council seat, the dark horse has a white face
Proponents of a living-wage ordinance snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
Buzz hacks through the past in search of the cool cats and fools of the year that was
City council members find ingenious ways to screw poor kids out of their swimming pools
Former militant M.T. A'Vant has a new object of scorn: the black leadership he once supported
What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.
Dallas activists fight
for a living wage from city contractors
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.
School board candidate Richard Evans has a checkered past, a mail-order degree, and a confrontational manner. But many city leaders think he's the best man for the job.
Bad teachers make bad students, according to DISD's own statistics; just don't ask to see them
Anti-poverty agency risks shutdown if it doesn't come clean with the state
The self-proclaimed ministers of capitalism have gotten a cool reception to their gospel in Dallas. But Chevis King Jr. and Joe Howard won't give up till they've found a better way to spend black people's money.