24 April 2010 at 10:50:17 AM
In the DMN there's an article about Hinojosa, superintendent of DISD chasing private allicances (and money) to pump up public schools.
During a mayor's breakfast event Thursday, Hinojosa announced a first step in working with a charter school on a $5 million federal grant for educator training academies for teachers and administrators.
But charter schools pull money that would otherwise be going to public schools. This is a good thing?
DISD will work with charter school operator Uplift Education and the newly formed local nonprofit Teaching Trust.
The nonprofits are part of a larger effort to improve everything from schools to housing to businesses in West Dallas. The reform effort, spearheaded by Dallas Faith Communities Coalition, includes a goal to improve Pinkston and its 11 elementary and middle feeder schools.
With a focus on turning around the nation's worst schools, the federal government is encouraging – and funding – public-private partnerships and solutions such as charters, which are publicly funded schools run by outside groups.
What the fool! Is this part of the faith-based initiatives?What grant is this specifically? I assume that the grants are going to the charter schools but some kind of deal with them would provide money to the public schools. Anybody know how this works and where the grant comes from?
For just a moment, consider whether Hinojosa, as an EMPLOYEE OF THE DALLAS SCHOOL BOARD, can even do this. Carla Ranger says he can't.
Only the Dallas ISD Board has the authority to determine appropriate policy changes or initiatives of the District. The Superintendent's duty is to follow and uphold Board approved decisions.
The Superintendent does not decide when or if charter school partnerships will be expanded in Dallas ISD. Only the Board can make that decision.
The Board has not approved any such initiative to partner with West Dallas charter schools as apparently announced by the Superintendent on Thursday morning. Without such official Board approval of such partnerships the Superintendent is again violating the established policies and procedures of the district.
The Superintendent is to recommend - only the Board approves.
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