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A short presentation on why School Boards matter in Texas, with a Dallas ISD example.

A short presentation on why School Boards matter in Texas, with a Dallas ISD example.

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  • Please note - while a lot of noise is being made about the Texas State Board of Education, the real power and final jurisdiction rests with the Independent School Boards (ISDs). There are more than 1,000 across Texas.

    While the State Board of Education does set things like curriculum and testing standards, the implementation of such standards varies across the state. Each local ISD makes decisions on whether or not and how they will implement the suggestions of the State Board of Education.
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    Why School Boards Matter Why School Boards Matter Presentation Transcript

    • Why School Boards Matter
      Tanya Tarr
      Texas AFT
      March 18, 2010
    • Overview
      • Elements of a School Board Race
      • Dallas
      • Key Takeaways
      • Discussion
    • “I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.  Of course it doesn't work.  We are supposed to work it.”
      ~Alexander Woollcott
      The New Yorker Magazine
      in the 1930s
    • Elements of a Race
      Activist Recruitment
      Fundraising
      Training
    • The Candidate
      • Was the candidate recruited from our strong community alliances?
      • Does the candidate hold up against a rigorous endorsement review process?
      • Is this candidate fearless and willing to work harder than volunteers?
      • Does the candidate have financial resources?
      • Will this candidate take direction?
    • Dallas ISD 2009 Races
    • Dallas
      Endorsed 3 candidates in the special election
      Two seats - Parrott and Nutall - were elected
      Even when you don’t win, you win.
    • Tactics and costs
    • Why we won
      Overlapping groups of voters
      Aggressive voter contact of known school board voters
      Robust voter contact of all ISD employees by our members (expansion universe)
      Partnering with the candidates
      Phonebanking out of the Alliance-AFT office
      Technical assistance (list management)
      Encouragement and coaching
    • How elections support Organizing
      After filing a grievance, more than 100 teachers received $222,875 in performance pay
      Parrott was one of three members of the grievance board
      DISD Trustees that had been non-responsive or hostile changed their attitude towards the local president.
      The DISD School Board stopped threatening consultation
    • WE have the POWER!
      Questions? Please feel free to email me: tarr@texasaft.org