After two years of scrutiny, controversy and corruption, the Texas Education Agency last month finally announced that it would revoke the charter of Prime Prep Academy, the publicly funded charter school founded and led by Deion Sanders. With the school plotting its appeal, the hits have only contin ... More >>
Earlier this month, as reported by Unfair Park and practically every other outlet in town, the Texas Education Agency began the process of revoking Prime Prep's charter. The reasons for the potential revocation are convoluted, the upshot isn't. Should its charter be revoked, the school would have to ... More >>
At the close of Prime Prep Academy's first year, Deion Sanders was already unhappy with his role at the charter school he co-founded with D.L. Wallace. Sanders' attorney John Nation sent Wallace a letter expressing concern that "Mr. Sanders is becoming marginalized from the very institution that rep ... More >>
Everybody in school politics always says it's all about the children. That's almost never true. If you don't believe me, you should have been there last night. At a spirited, sometimes cantankerous meeting in the auditorium of James Madison High School in South Dallas, prominent black elected offic ... More >>
Last week, Dwaine Caraway sent us a little pre-Thanksgiving note. It read, in full: We are pleased to invite you to the District Four Community Celebration, on Monday, December 3 from 10am-2pm. The event will be held in the 6th Floor Flag Room at Dallas City Hall. Hosted by Councilman Dwaine Caraw ... More >>
Today, City Council member Dwaine Caraway relaunched his war on saggy pants with a press conference/"Pull 'Em Up" summit in City Hall, and it was without a doubt the single best thing to ever happen to Dallas. First there was the star-studded cast of characters: all of City Council, except for May ... More >>
Let's just call it: Everyone in town is running for Congress. Okay, not everyone, but the race for the newly-created, much-argued-over Congressional District 33 has gotten very, very crowded, especially on the Democrats' side. Last night we watched as former Dallas city council member -- and may ... 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 >>
On August we told you that the Dallas Independent School District had been hit with a $40-million breach of contract lawsuit filed by a technology vendor with whom the trustees had agreed to do business till, out of nowhere, district officials just decided to go with someone else. In May trustees aw ... More >>
In August, we broke the news that Lewisville-based Delcom Group filed a $40 million suit against the Dallas Independent School District over a massive technology contract awarded by the board in May and then yanked, without explanation, a month later. Turned out, according to a subsequent filing, ... More >>
Lew BlackburnAt some point this evening, the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees will elect new officers. Among the front-runners for president is Lew Blackburn, which may explain why Carla Ranger took to her blog earlier today to throw Blackburn under the bus.You see, there's no ... More >>
Adelfa CallejoAs we mentioned earlier, tonight's jam-packed Dallas Independent School District board of trustees meeting has this among its hot-button agenda items: the naming of an elementary school after Dallas lawyer and longtime Latina activist Adelfa Callejo. Opponents of naming a school for Ca ... More >>
Sam MertenDCVB CEO Phillip Jones, a very happy man right about nowWith 510 of 534 precincts reporting, and the convention center hotel now looking more like a sure thing -- it's 42,433 for, 40,484 against -- Pulle reports that it's all hugs and fist bumps at The Loft at Gilley's. Says Matt, Mayor To ... More >>
Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander just called Unfair Park back to explain the figure on Page 14 of the summary of staffing formulas at DISD campuses for the 2009-'10 school year being discussed by trustees today. And while it looks as though the Booker T. Washington High Sch ... More >>
Kathyln Gilliam's already been the subject of this 2006 documentaryBack in June, the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees voted not to name the district's Ross Ave. HQ for former school board president Kathlyn Gilliam, despite the protesters at their front door. The polarizing Gillia ... More >>
City Secretary Deborah Watkins and her staff this morning in the Flag Room at City Hall announced the ballot positions for the May 9 city council elections, as Billy MacLeod, Victoria Walton, Tiffinni Young, John Jay Myers and Anita Dade gained an early leg up on the incumbents in their respective d ... More >>
A brief follow to yesterday's item concerning the Fort Worth playwright suing Tyler Perry over Diary of a Mad Black Woman out in Marshall -- chiefly, because Perry testified yesterday and reiterated his claim that he didn't lift a single word from Donna West. Recounts the Associated Press: "'I never ... More >>
Jack Lowe, DISD school board president Blacks were hissing rudely at Hispanics. Hispanics were yelling at other Hispanics. And just about everyone was taunting distraught school board trustees, themselves appearing to teeter on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Ladies and gentleman, this is your D ... More >>
Schutze is at 3700 Ross Avenue, and he'll provide a wrap-up from the board meeting during which the trustees and superintendent Michael Hinojosa will likely declare a state of financial emergency following last week's $64-million budget shortfall revelation. That said, Allen Gwinn's very, very good ... More >>
When we sat down over yesterday with The Dallas Morning News' mammoth front-page "exclusive" in which three reporters "found thousands of suspect purchases on district credit cards--and serious questions about whether anyone is watching how the tax dollars are spent," well, we thought two things to ... More >>
Where's the fun at DISD?
Sheriff Bowles, Terrell Bolton turn out to be same guy!
New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?
Are bad-boy lawyers Bill Brewer and John Bickel building a bridge to Dallas' minority communities, or trying to sell them one?
DISD board president Hollis Brashear is not an exciting guy. That's why I like him.
As the new trustee takes his seat on the school board, he comes out slashing
The voters could care less. But someone's gotta win the runoff for the last lowly DISD board seat
Elected by no one, John Scovell and a clique of Dallas business leaders brought you DISD's most infamous cast of characters: Yvonne Gonzalez, Dan Peavy, Bill Keever, and Sandy Kress. Thanks a lot.
Yvonne Gonzalez calls it quits after her darkest hour in that tear-jerkin', mind-bendin' DISD
The search for a new federal judge reaches the lowest common denominator