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DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa Live Chat Reveals 3 Undisclosed Meetings With Mayor Tom Leppert

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

12:33 PM CDT on Thursday, August 23, 2007 Dallas Morning News
News Chat Moderator: Hey, everyone. Welcome to today’s chat. Dr. Hinojosa is available to answer your questions, so feel free to start asking!

From E-mail: From Norton Rosenthal: Tom Leppert ran for Mayor saying he wanted to partner with DISD, at the least, be a bully pulpit, if nothing else, for DISD; to support and help DISD in your goal to become the best urban school district in the country.My question is: since he was elected, have you talked to the Mayor, have you and Tom Leppert met? Any plans to get together on a regular basis? How can the city government help DISD? What help would you like to get from the city and its government?

Dr. Michael Hinojosa: I have met with Mayor Leppert three times since he got elected and none of those meetings were media events, which I appreciate. Mayor Leppert spent two hours on a Sunday evening at my executive leadership team retreat outlining specific ideas how we could collaborate. More details will be available in the coming months but I am excited about continuing to partner with the city

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(DBB Note: Why is the Dallas ISD Superintendent having secret/private meetings with the elected Mayor of Dallas without the prior knowledge and approval of the full elected Board of Trustees? The appropriate body for an elected Mayor to meet with or to discuss official school district business can only be the elected Board of Trustees of the District – not the appointed administrator in secret. This appears to be an improper end run around the elected Board of Trustees.)

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Dallas Trinity River Class Warfare! Ruling Class Announces Its Team – Will Money Or Merit Prevail?

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, August 16, 2007

 

The Money Team ( Vote No! Save The Trinity Committee)

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The Merit Team (TrinityVote.com – Angela Hunt)

Trinity River Vote Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2007

VOTE NO! SAVE THE TRINITY COMMITTEE UNVEILS LEADERSHIP TO DEFEAT TRINITY REFERENDUM

Three Mayors, Dallas’ two State Senators, and 14-of-15 current Dallas City Councilmembers

pledge to move Trinity project forward

DALLAS – Three Mayors, Dallas’ two State Senators and 14-of-15 current Dallas City Council members will lead the campaign to defeat the Trinity referendum, which will go before Dallas voters on Nov. 6, 2007. By defeating the referendum, plans for the Trinity River Project, which were approved by voters in 1998, will move forward as scheduled.

“The current design of the Trinity River Project represents the best of all worlds,” said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. “We can use bonds with state and federal funding – and deliver to taxpayers the most value for new roads to reduce traffic and air pollution. At the same time, we’ll add parks and green spaces for families and promote economic development for Dallas’ southern sector.”

Mayor Tom Leppert and former Dallas Mayors Laura Miller and Ron Kirk will serve as the campaign’s Honorary Chairs.

Campaign Co-Chairs are Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Elba Garcia (District 1), Councilmember Pauline Medrano (District 2), Councilmember David A. Neumann (District 3), Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway (District 4), Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill (District 5), Councilmember Steve Salazar (District 6), Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis (District 7), Councilmember Tennell Atkins (District 8), Councilmember Sheffie Kadane (District 9), Councilmember Jerry R. Allen (District 10), Councilmember Linda Koop (District 11), Councilmember Ron Natinsky (District 12) and Councilmember Mitchell Rasansky (District 13). Also, State Senators Royce West and John Carona have pledged their support, signing on as Co-Chairs as well.

In addition, papers were filed today in the City Secretary’s office naming Ron Steinhart as Treasurer of the Vote NO! Save The Trinity Campaign Committee. `

Carol Reed Associates has been tapped to manage the campaign and will lead a veteran team that includes Allyn & Company and political consultants Brenda Reyes and Willis Johnson.

CONTACT:

Becky Mayad 214-352-1881

Cell 214-697-7745

bmayad@sbcglobal.net

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Mayor Tom Leppert to Recognize Million Father March 2007

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

THOMAS C. LEPPERT
MAYOR

CITY OF DALLAS

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release:
Mayor’s Office: 214.670.4054
August 14, 2007

Mayor Leppert to Recognize
Million Father March 2007

Dallas Area Fathers Marching for Educational Excellence and Stressing Importance of Father’s Role in Children’s Lives

WHAT: Special Recognition

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15th at 9:00 A.M.

WHERE: Council Briefing Room (6ES), Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla St., Dallas TX 75201

WHO: Mayor Tom Leppert
Honorable Members of Dallas City Council
Joe Tave, Organizer of Dallas/FW Million Father March

MORE: See attached press release.

For Immediate Release
Contact: DFW Million Father March
August 14, 2007
Joe Tave, Organizer
214-339-4799, 469-951-8013
JoeLTave@prodigy.net

Ft. Worth Million Father March
Johnny Muhammad, Coordinator
817-773-3121

One Million Black Fathers Expected to Lead the 2007 March for Excellence in Education for American Schools

200 Cities Could Participate in the Largest, Organized
Back-to-School Effort in U.S. History

(Dallas, TX) – Like an army on its way to battle, hundreds of thousands of Black men will wake their children, make them breakfast, check their book bags, and then take them to school on the first day of school this fall school year. This scene will be played out at thousands of schools across America and other parts of the world. Last year, about 300,000 men from 127 cities participated in the Million Father March 2006. This year, an estimated 500,000 men from 200 cities are expected to participate. The Million Father March 2007 provides an escort of safety, support and encouragement to children of all ages.

“Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, get better test scores, enjoy school more / and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college,” says Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, a Chicago-based non-profit leading the yearly Million Father March initiative.

Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives. A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to creating a strong family structure. Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed and self-assured. Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities.

“This is an exciting, productive and beneficial project for children, families, schools and the DFW region,” says Joe Tave, organizer of the DFW March. “Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert wholeheartedly supports the project which is in line with his focus on better schools and education platform.”

“Better parents produce better communities, better schools, and better students with higher academic achievements,” says Jackson.

Participants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family. Although this event is sponsored by Black men, women and men of all races are also encouraged to take their children to school on their first day.

Last year, from New Haven, Connecticut, to Hilo, Hawaii, fathers stepped up to take part in the Million Father March 2006. Each city tailored the March to meet their needs. Elected officials, dignitaries, celebrities, and print and radio media reps turned out in support of fathers on the first day of school.

“The Board of Directors of the National Council on Educating Black Children enthusiastically supports the yearly Million Father’s March, and encourages every school district superintendent and school board member to play a significant role in the success of this March,” says Diana Daniels, president. “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” Daniels says.

Since schools across America and the world start the year on different days and months, the March will be a rolling event that takes place on the first day of this school year in cities, villages, and towns between August 7, 2007, and October 13, 2007. Dallas ISD and all Texas Public schools begin classes on Monday, August 27, 2007.

The 2007 Million Father March is sponsored in part by The Black Star Project and the DFW Million Father March Project. For more information, visit http://www.blackstarproject.org.

2007 Million Father March
Facts and Effectiveness

* A father who actively participates in the educational and social development life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.

* Research shows that children whose fathers take active roles in their educational lives earn better grades, get better test scores, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

* Children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and speak with them regularly and are active in their lives.

* A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to strong family structures.

* Strong family structures produce children who are more centered, academically proficient and socially developed and are a valuable asset to their communities.

* Better parents produce better communities, better schools and better students.

* Fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, step-fathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family can participate in the Million Father March.

* While this event is sponsored by Black men, women and men of all races and faith backgrounds are encouraged to take children to school on their first day of school.

* More then 200 cities are expected to participate in the Million Father March 2007.

* 2007 is the fourth year for the Million Father March.

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