So far, I’ve discussed a few different governance changes that would be wise for the Home Rule Commission to consider implementing in a new charter. But Home Rule allows Dallas ISD to do two things: change its governance structure and exempt itself from (some) state education rules. Let’s then look at some of the rules from which we could seek exemptions.
There has been a lot of confusing coverage of Home Rule — why can’t parents vote (they can and must), is this a takeover of our school system (it’s actually a painfully democratic restructuring, one that must meet multiple threshholds), etc. But one idea that has gotten a bit of informed publicity (YOU’RE FREAKING WELCOME!) is that of changing the school start date. State law prohibits school districts in Texas from starting before the fourth week of August.
Given that DISD generally schedules winter break [...]Full Story