SAGA Pod/Learning Curve: Schutze on Ebola and DISD

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I think the headline is pretty straightforward. A few other things you should know:

• Jim starts off the podcast by coughing. He is so old and broken.
• We record it in his house, because he forgot that he didn’t have a car that day.
• At one point he tries to silence one of his dogs. I don’t even want to get into how he did this.
• If you’re wondering where ALL the antiques are, they’re in Jim’s house. I think you hear eight different clocks clang and ring and cuckoo during our talk.
• About Ebola, we focus on our officials’ reaction, the question of whether Presby can recover from its bad PR, and Peter’s question about how many will be infected before we panic. On DISD, we talk about the proper role of school board trustees, why black trustees ignore those rules, and how the city’s racial history fits into all this.

Here is the embed.

You can find it on iTunes, also. As always, listen with your ears.


  • Jeff Veazey

    Good to hear you talking about the new breed of leaders coming up in Dallas. Good to hear you acknowledge the hope of democracy over the star chamber approach of home rule.

    A bit silly on the conversation about how particular members of the media go about bashing DISD. You all do it, whether you are snarky, erudite, naively arrogant, self-approved for objectivity, or just misinformed. I know a dozen DISD stories that would give you goose bumps and they are all about good stuff going on in DISD. Never see any of them in the media. There is so much more important stuff going on in the District than the circus on Ross Avenue.

    It is important to remember Dallas desegregated under court order in 1972, Little Rock in 1957. The bitterness that festered in those 15 years, and in the first years of desegregation, remain.

    The amazing strides that Mandela made in achieving reconciliation in South Africa are lost on Dallas leaders of all races. South Africa, since 1994, has come much further than Dallas since desegregation in 1972.

    Someday, hopefully, every day in Dallas will not be 1972 anymore. White people will stop trying to run everything instead of just joining a cooperative effort to improve things. Hispanics will stop complaining that they don’t have enough power to match their 72% enrollment in the District and start trying to get 72% voter turnout. Black folks will stop with the “Not Black Enough” litmus test. All groups seem to want power more than what is right for kids.

    The city with no justice and no peace and no clue, will, someday, have new leaders, democratically elected, who will move to a progressive future.They will drag the city kicking and screaming into the modern age of governance on all levels.