D Magazine and TEDxSMU Education Forum
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
D Magazine & TEDxSMU
invite you to join us for an
The race for the school board positions in districts 1, 3, and 9 is on, and elections will take place on May 12. We’ve invited all the candidates to join us at the Kessler Theater. Each candidate will be given three minutes to answer one question drawn from a hat (enter your question with your RSVP). Don't worry if your question isn’t picked. We’ve encouraged the candidates to stick around and mingle.
There's no cost to attend, and The Kessler will be serving up its finest drinks (cash bar).
Candidates confirmed for the evening are:
District 1: Michael Greenberg, Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer Levy, George Roland Love
District 3: Daniel Micciche, Bruce Parrott
District 9: Damarcus Offord, Bernadette Nutall
Why do these elections matter to you? Because the future of Dallas depends on its public schools. Here are just some statistics DISD Trustee Mike Morath shared with us...
· DISD has 157,524 students in 225 schools
· DISD is the largest employer in Dallas with 20,076 employees
· The DISD Board of Trustees oversees a $1.4 BILLION annual budget
· 10,872 of DISD employees are teachers, leaving 46% of the staff outside of our classrooms!
· 34.5% of 9th graders will not graduate, and only 9.8% of seniors have a college level SAT/ACT score
· Male high school dropouts are 47 times more likely to end up in prison than college grads. Texas spends $15,527 per prison inmate per year (2008). By way of comparison, DISD spends $122,500 per child from K-12, or an average of $9,423 per child per year.
· By 2018, 63% of job openings will require some college education. If we continue at current rates, over the next two decades more than 100,000 kids in Dallas will grow up without a shot at success in the modern economy.
· 21,352 people voted in the most recent DISD elections across all 9 districts (in the past 3 years), out of 476,127 registered voters in DISD, for a 4.4% voter turnout.
Want to know what district you live in? Check out this map from DISD.
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