Dallas School Board to Discuss Home-Rule Charter Monday Night

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    The Dallas school board will focus on the home-rule charter issue with its meeting Monday night. (Published Monday, May 19, 2014)

    The Dallas Independent School District may announce Monday if they plan to hire a law firm to advise them on how to deal with matters related to a home-rule charter.

    The move comes after supporters of the change, a group called Support Our Public Schools, said it had enough signatures to get the home-rule charter on the November ballot.

    Home Rule Charter Fight Takes Center Stage at DISD

    [DFW] Home Rule Charter Fight Takes Center Stage at DISD
    The battle brewing for control of Dallas schools went to Dallas City Hall today with a rare joint meeting of the city council and the DISD school board to discuss a"home rule" proposal. (Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014)

    That move forced the Dallas school board to appoint a 15-member charter commission within 30 days.

    Supporters, including the mayor, said turning the DISD into a home-rule district would make it easier to change the curriculum from rigid state requirements, adjust the school calendar and get bad teachers out of the classroom.

    Mayor Mike Rawlings said he believes a home-rule charter would be a positive for the district. However, school officials said they are making progress under the current arrangement.

    On Monday night, Support Our Public Schools will make a presentation and the school board will discuss the process of forming the charter commission.

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