Mixed Report Card For Support Our Public Schools

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  • Martha Parks

    Dan, the SOPS folks are trying to confuse the people in glossing over the term “charter” with the high sounding term “constitution”. There are three types of “charters” granted under Chapter 12, and they are all “pieces of paper” authorizing an entity to operate schools under a different set of rules other than what govern ISD’s. The rules vary for each type of “charter”, but they share most of the same characteristics. The big difference is home rule charters can levy taxes even though they can operate without an elected board that represents the taxpayers. It is disingenuous and offensive for SOPS to claim home rule is not a type of charter.
    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.12.htm

  • No dog in this hunt

    Dan, props to you on your coverage of this topic. If you keep this up, we will probably lose you to bigger and better things.

  • C. Lux

    So an appointed not elected board would be able to decide what the tax rate was without an election? They would be able to change or remove homestead exemptions? The appointed not elected board would have power to recall or remove elected school board trustees? Is this part of their proposal? Or is this not yet decided? I am hearing a lot of press about taxation without representation and loss of democratic control over the school board. Not sure who to believe.

  • Cathy Lux

    So an appointed not elected board would be able to decide what the tax rate was without an election? They would be able to change or remove homestead exemptions? The appointed not elected board would have power to recall or remove elected school board trustees? Is this part of their proposal? Or is this not yet decided? I am hearing a lot of press about taxation without representation and loss of democratic control over the school board. Not sure who to believe.So an appointed not elected board would be able to decide what the tax rate was without an election? They would be able to change or remove homestead exemptions? The appointed not elected board would have power to recall or remove elected school board trustees? Is this part of their proposal? Or is this not yet decided? I am hearing a lot of press about taxation without representation and loss of democratic control over the school board. Not sure who to believe.

  • http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2014/03/unanswered-questions-killing-dallas-isd.html Bill Betzen

    When you have a meeting and about 70% of those attending have to stand, and many leave as they cannot even get into the room, you have a problem. Then when you have a majority of questions that cannot even be answered, that problem grows. Such management is going to kill this so-called “home rule” effort very quickly: http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2014/03/unanswered-questions-killing-dallas-isd.html

    I was told that many of the few who signed petitions there went back after the presentation and tried to, or actually did, cross out their names from the petition. We are now drafting a petition to start against this alleged “home rule” effort. The many against it simply did not have time to speak. At future meetings at least they should be able to record their opinions!

  • Martha Parks

    Cathy, the Board now, and under home rule,can propose rate hikes but cannot raise the tax rate without voter approval. It can however remove the current homestead exemption at anytime. This has been discussed publicly by Louisa Meyer with the Citizen’s Budget Review Commission and DISD financial officers.

  • Cathy Lux

    Thanks for the clarification. I actually attended the meeting (in the hallway)and still got very little in the way of real details, just multiple requests to sign the petition because DISD needs to change because it’s so bad. I do believe that many involved are sincerely motivated by valid frustration with the current system and a desire to improve it. However, political ambition is more often driven by money and power, and I trust teachers and principals over shadowy Enron billionaires or “anonymous donors”.