Dallas Council Refuses to Finance More Charter Schools

Vote to fund expansion of Dallas charter schools delayed

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 9:02 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Controversy Surrounds Deep Ellum Charter School

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Dallas Council Refuses to Finance More Charter Schools

Dallas city leaders refused to endorse financing for charter schools including one in Deep Ellum's nightclub district.

Controversy Surrounds Deep Ellum Charter School

Neighors say they are concerned about a proposed new charter school on Elm Street in the middle of Deep Ellum's nightclub district.
More Photos and Videos

Dallas city leaders refused on Wednesday to endorse financing for the expansion of charter schools, instead delaying a vote on funding until more study can be done.

The decision came after council members heard a very passionate debate that questioned assistance for charter schools in opening new campuses while the school district was closing 11 inner-city schools because of money issues.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said competition from charter schools can help make the Dallas Independent School District better.

"There's a new frontier out there, and I think we can be courageous enough to break through it," he said. "I want everybody's questions answered, but I'm not going to personally stand for poor people to get bad education anymore."

"You made it sound as if everybody doesn't support poor schools, and that is not true," Councilwoman Carolyn Davis said.

Five schools in Davis' district are slated to close, and she has voiced concerns in the past over funding charter schools while DISD in chaos.

The vote was delayed for two weeks, but Davis and others want it delayed even longer.

Uplift Education said it would seek other funding for expansion if city leaders don't approve its plan. The group said it would expand one way or another.

Its expansion plan includes opening a school in a building in the 2600 block of Elm Street in Deep Ellum's nightclub district.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out