Voting has begun in Dallas ISD board of trustee elections. Three candidates are vying for the District 2 seat, which covers a wide swath of Preston Hollow. Dustin Marshall is seeking his first full term. He won a special election last spring to fill the opening that was created when former trustee Mike Morath was was appointed Texas Education Agency Commissioner. Marshall faces challenges from physician assistant Lori Kirkpatrick and school teacher Richard Young.
Early voting will continue through May 2, and the general election will be held May 6. Below or a few excerpts from the candidate’s own words on where they stand on key issues.
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Early Education – Research shows that 85 percent of brain development occurs in a child before the age of 5 and yet only 5 percent of education dollars are spent on early education.
Principals – We need more effective professional development programs for district principals.
Racial Equity – All DISD students deserve respectful learning environments in which their racial and ethnic diversity is valued and contributes to their success.
Teacher Development – A high-quality teacher is the most important controllable factor in determining the future of the kids we serve. Our educators deserve an accurate assessment of the quality of instruction they are providing, and a system of professional support.
The most pressing issue is funding. We have less money per person right now than we did in 2011. Part of that is attendance and growing enrollment which will help our funding.
I will work to establish a community school concept for our struggling schools. I would like to see us revitalizing our neighborhood schools.
I am adamantly opposed to vouchers and equally opposed to the A-F rating system. I will fight against any program devised to take taxpayer dollars and divert them to private education entities.
I will work to expand early childhood education to ensure that all of our Dallas ISD children are Kindergarten ready.
I’m a pro public education. I feel like I want to jump in and help preserve public education. In my mind that is a big movement.
I want to see different changes in our school board. I’m a former student of DISD and enjoyed being a student there. I want to see more good things for the schools.
I don’t think all of our student needs are being met academically. The needs of our low socioeconomic and homeless kids are definitely not being met.
I would reach out to constituents and see what it is that is draining students and use the feedback to change DISD.
I’m a strong supporter of students. I’ve been with schools for approximately eight years. Whether I’m voted in or not, I still want my community to know that I’m always behind my students 100 percent.