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This month’s Dallas ISD State of the District was a great reminder of the transformative impact the district is having on students and the community.

The Feb. 21 event showcased the many gains and notable events from the past several years, including:

  • The immense community support following the Oct. 20 tornado and decisive leadership and partnerships that allowed classes to quickly resume for the most impacted school communities;
  • The four new Dallas ISD Career Institutes where students can develop and grow in-demand skills they need to secure a good-wage job in the near future. I am proud of the Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy and Henry Longfellow Career Exploration Academy eighth-graders who are committing to start this pathway as freshmen;
  • The rapid expansion of the two-way dual language program;
  • The district is up five points in the state’s accountability rating;
  • About 580 students this year will graduate from a Dallas ISD P-TECH. P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, is a global education model consisting of a partnership between a school, higher-education institution and industry partner. High school students enrolled in a P-TECH can earn an associate degree or up to 60 hours of tuition-free college credit. Dallas ISD is home to 18 P-TECHs.

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD will launch a record number of choice programs and schools in the 2020–2021 school year, significantly increasing the education choices in families’ backyards. In District 2, North Dallas High School will pilot a design thinking model, prioritizing empathy and prototyping solutions to challenging questions. If the pilot is successful, the school could fully implement the model in the future.

There is still work to be done and improvements to be made in Dallas ISD, but I am proud of the district’s progress over the past few years.

Looking ahead to March:

All families are welcome to the Dallas ISD Read for Me literacy event and international festival happening March 7 at Adamson High School. More than 10,000 books will be given away at the interactive, multi-cultural literacy experience designed to instill a love for books and reading in parents, students, and community members. Register for free here.

The Dallas ISD Special Education Department is holding numerous events in March to provide additional support to families with a student receiving special education services from the district. Go here to see the full calendar.

Hillcrest High School is celebrating its ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 28 to celebrate the school’s renovation. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Dustin Marshall

District 2 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

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