What do you want to know about the four candidates hoping to represent East Dallas on the Dallas ISD school board?

What current trustee they most admire? How they feel about Sup. Michael Hinojosa? Whether they think it’s important to attract the middle class back into public schools? Why they think they’re qualified to manage a $1.6 billion budget and make decisions that affect the lives of 160,000 schoolchildren?

How about the most embarrassing concert they ever attended?

So that last one may not give any insight into how the candidates will govern, but the answer to this and other questions in the “lightning round” portion of our Dallas ISD District 2 video series give a good glimpse of their personalities.

Bottom line: If you want more information on the candidates, one of whom will become our new trustee, there are Q&As galore for you to peruse. We’ll be culling them for more context between now and the May 7 election, but we also wanted to provide all of the resources in one place.

By the way, this is the last day anyone can register to vote in the May 7 election. Just print out the form, fill it out, and Dallas County will pay your postage fee. No excuses, people.

Advocate “Into the Vault” video series and ongoing 2016 election coverage

Our more serious interview questions asked the candidates to name a neighborhood school that is a best-kept secret and to tell us what will happen if they don’t win. In the rapid-fire lightning round videos, they divulged their childhood nicknames and the secrets of prom night. Also, don’t miss our District 2 cheat sheet.

Turns and Talks candidate podcast interviews and forum coverage

These 20-something Dallas teachers write eloquently and urgently about the issues facing Dallas ISD.  Their youthful candor and insider perspective is something everyone in Dallas who cares about education should pay attention to. Plus, they’re doing more election coverage than most local media outlets.

League of Women Voters questionnaire 

The league, which is co-hosting a District 2 candidate forum on April 14 with the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, is a politically active non-partisan organization that supplies voters with candidate questionnaires for every local election. This one tackles such topics as re-engaging the middle-class and views on charter schools.

Dallas Morning News questionnaire

Undoubtedly the most extensive of the Q&As, the News does its job grilling the candidates on civic service, crime records and bankruptcy history then asks specifics about everything from school board meeting attendance to 2015 bond election support to choice schools.

Dallas Kids First questionnaire

The operative phrases in this education PAC’s assessment of candidates are “student achievement” and “challenges facing DISD.” This education reform organization wants results, and it wants them quickly. Urgency is one of the six “critical traits” it looks for in a trustee. So questions about experience and board governance parlay into how those qualities will effect the PAC’s pet issues such as pre-K, the Teacher Excellence Initiative and college-readiness.

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