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Real Education For African Americans In Dallas, Texas

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, July 23, 2007

By David Robison

THE QUEST AND DIRECTION FOR THE EDUCATION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN DALLAS, TEXAS IS FOCUSED ON THE SOUTHERN SECTOR. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, PAUL QUINN COLLEGE, AND THE DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS CEDAR VALLEY, MOUNTAINVIEW, BILL J. PRIEST, LEAD THE WAY IN EDUCATIONAL ASSETS.

THE DEATH OF THE WILMER-HUTCHINS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE LOW RATINGS OF SOME SOUTHERN SECTOR DISD CAMPUSES BRINGS ABOUT A NEED AND CALL FOR ACTION FROM THE RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTHERN SECTOR. THE NEEDED ACTION ITEMS INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

1. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A PETITION DRIVE TO GAIN THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF SIGNATURES TO PLACE ON THE NEXT GENERAL MARKET ELECTION THE FORMATION OF THE SOUTHERN DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SCHOOL BOARD TO INCLUDE THE AREA OF THE FORMER WILMER-HUTCHINS.

2. PETITION THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY FOR ACCREDITATION ONCE THE FORMATION OF A NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT IS APPROVED BY THE VOTE AND WILL OF THE PEOPLE, DIVIDE THE DISD ASSETS AND REVENUE.

3. THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD THEN SELECTS SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT.

4. MANY NEW EXCITING PROGRAMS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.

DAVID ROBISON, 972-898-9628

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Wilmer-Hutchins Group To Restart Weekly Town Hall Meetings

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, July 23, 2007

July 17, 2007 For Immediate Release:

Citizens to Restore Wilmer-Hutchins ISD will host one of a series of Town Hall meetings beginning Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center located 7071 Bonnie View Road Dallas, Texas 75241 at 7:00 PM. The group will use the Town Hall meetings to raise awareness on efforts they are using to reopen their neighborhood schools and to raise badly needed funds to pay attorney fees.

The group hired an Atlanta Georgia law firm to represent them in their case. That firm drew up petitions residents have been circulating for a show of moral support. The petitions will be submitted to the Texas State Legislature at a latter date. Any Texas resident can sign the petition and do not have to be a registered voter. The group hopes to get Texas lawmakers to support their cause.

“We are calling on all members of the community to join our movement as we work to bring back the “Hutch.” We’ve been in consultation with our attorneys and want to share that information with the residents. We will continue t o hold these again and again until victory in reopening our district” said Faye Gafford, Chairperson of Citizens to Restore Wilmer-Hutchins ISD.

In a March 21, 2005 letter to the Wilmer Hutchins board Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Shirley J. Neeley lowered the district from “Academically Acceptable” to “Academically Unacceptable.” However, in the same letter Neeley appointed a “Board of Managers” to run the district. That action violated Texas Education Code 39.131 (a) (9). The TEA code says, (an accused district must be given “a year or more” to challenge a lowered rating before a board of managers is appointed). Wilmer-Hutchins ISD was never given the opportunity to challenge the Neeley’s ruling.

Other Town Hall meetings will be held in the cities of Hutchins, Wilmer and Joppa neighborhood. Meeting dates and times will be announced in future press releases.

For more information please contact Faye Gafford at 972-225-3713 or fax 972-225-3521

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