St. Rep Yvonne Davis seeks commission to explore DISD

Office of State Representative Yvonne Davis

Press Release

On Wednesday, April 27, 2009, Representative Yvonne Davis attached an amendment to House Bill 3 to create the Dallas Independent School District Education Improvement Commission. The 21-member commission would include community leaders, educators, representatives of local governments and business leaders. The commission would be charged to examine the potential efficiencies and improvements of the educational system in operating smaller school districts in Dallas County.

“We don’t lose by trying to evaluate ways to maximize educational initiatives and overall structure of Dallas Independent School District in order to better equip our students to compete in the local and global communities,” stated Rep. Yvonne Davis.

The commission would be chaired by State Board of Education member Mavis Knight, who represents District 13 on the state’s education board.

“Through the work of the commission, we have an opportunity to research and recommend service delivery model(s) that allow us to prepare urban students to compete in the 21st century. It is my personal desire that we will be able to bring closure to never ending suppositions about reorganizing the Dallas Independent School District,” stated SBOE member Mavis Knight.

The commission would be required to submit a final report and recommendations by December 31, 2010 to the executive offices of the legislature, the presiding officer of each legislative standing committee with primary jurisdiction over primary and secondary education, DISD, Dallas County and the City of Dallas.

“The commission will provide an opportunity for everyone who has an interest in providing the best possible learning environment for our youth to look at the issues facing our school district such as academic performance, governance and equity of resources and to determine whether we can better achieve our educational goals within the confines of smaller districts.” Rep. Davis concluded.

For more information, please contact the Office of Representative Yvonne Davis at 214-941-3895.

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