Dallas ISD Parents Demand Answers on Home Rule Charter Proposal

Dozens of concerned parents filled a small room at library Thursday night to listen to supporters of a home rule system for the school district.

Parents gathered at the Preston Royal Branch of the Dallas Public Library to hear about "Support Our Public Schools" discuss its petition that would allow the Dallas Independent School District to create a 15-member committee that would draft a charter.

The charter would allow Dallas ISD to break away from certain state guidelines and create guidelines of its own.  This change could affect teacher evaluations, school calendars, curriculum and governing Board of Trustees body.

“We can have greater local control and greater authority from our communities and local leaders to dictate what we do in the local independent school systems,” said Tex Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas.

More public meetings are being planned.

If the petition garners enough signatures, a committee made of parents, teachers and others, would draft a charter.

Voters will be asked to approve or deny the charter in the November general election. 

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