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What Summer Vacation?

School's out for summer, but the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees has one hellacious evening ahead of it, beginning with a 5 p.m. public hearing at 3700 Ross Avenue concerning the proposed 2009-'10 school year budget. After that's done, it's down to big business, some of which has been processed elsewhere, as in: The board will vote whether to give $2 million to Academic Success Program, and Lori Stahl's story today suggests that perhaps Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, whose Harvard-bound son was in ASP, and trustee Edwin Flores, who brought the Wichita Falls-based program to Dallas in the first place, should maybe recuse themselves from the vote.

Earlier this week, Allen Gwinn bit off four other chunks of the agenda, among them the one in which the super's chief of staff, Arnold Viramontes, asks for an annual salary of $200,000. That's about $25,000 more than the position pays at present. That'll go well.

A whole bunch of schools and auditoriums and playing fields will get rechristened tonight too -- though maybe not the elementary school proposed for Adelfa Callejo, as a few trustees still hold that Obama comment against her. Less controversial, no doubt, are the suggestions to name things for the likes of George H.W. Bush, Ebby Halliday, Ann Richards, Joe May, John Hope Franklin and Judge Barefoot Sanders, for whom the Law Magnet at Townview will be named. And, as we noted in April, Kathlyn Gilliam and Rev. Zan Holmes also made the cut.

And, most definitely not last and most certainly not least, the district will vote tonight on whether to coninue paying the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning more than $713,000 to "ensure every student in Dallas ISD is college and workforce ready."

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