Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Inspiring Video of Mayor Mike Rawlings, Ctd.

Eric Celeste is going to owe this guy an apology.

The paper is coming around. On Wednesday, James Ragland wrote a column that clearly took aim at the home-rule movement, saying its backers wanted to “blow up the district.” An accompanying news story about the signature-gathering efforts painted a picture of confusion. Now this.

The DMN just put up an editorial endorsing the home-rule movement, saying, “It’s clear to this newspaper, as it has been for some time, that this is the conversation we must have to reform and improve public education. If it takes signing this petition, you should. It beats running to the suburbs.” Tod Robberson, too, posted an item a few minutes ago that supports the movement. You know who made that happen? Rawlings. As Robberson writes, “It’s wonderful when a politician throws caution to the wind, abandons political niceties and tells it like it is.”

It’s too early to say for certain, but we might be watching the defining moment of Rawlings’ tenure.


  • Tim Rogers

    This is probably a good time to mention Eric Celeste’s column in our March issue, wherein he says that Rawlings doesn’t have the stomach for full-contact politics.

    What we are seeing here from the mayor, I think, is something different. It looks a whole lot like leadership. Not politics. But since I’m praising Rawlings, Eric’s piece needed to be acknowledged.

  • gimmethewooby

    Still skeptical about the true motivation behind the home rule push, but ready to give it a shot. We gotta do something.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Probably best to give Celeste the boot at this point since he failed to predict this speech. Maybe bring in Steve Blow.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    I’m right there with you.

  • Tim Rogers

    I was thinking John Anders. But whatever.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    I was and still am a bit skeptical.

    But… Rawlings is right, DISD is on fire… the futures of thousands of innocent, poor students are being consumed while we attempt to make incremental changes. Meanwhile, there is a thick level of middle-management and connected insiders who keep squirting glue into the gears to protect the status quo.

    In addition to the problem with the kids, we are killing the City’s tax base and undermining its future by failing to provide a place where families can build a future. The construction of thousands of garden apartments catering to young singles and newlyweds who move out of DISD’s reach as soon as they have kids isn’t a sound base on which to build a city.

  • Alexander

    Just pointing out that it’s what every other boom town is doing too. DC, SF, ATL…these aren’t unique problems. We aren;t singularly bad at educating poor kids.

    I’m skeptical that we have to be the ones to reinvent the wheel.

  • Brett Moore

    All I know is, I have a 2 year old, and I need you guys to get this crap cleaned up in about 3 years. Thanks.

  • Eric Celeste

    Pretty sure if you read the piece, you realize this is EXACTLY what I said he is great at.

  • Tim Rogers

    I only edited it. Didn’t read it. Was I supposed to READ it? Please be more clear about that next time.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    I didn’t read your piece, yet, either. I trust Tim Rogers when he says you got it wrong.

    I have better things to do with my time; I’ve scheduled a Courtney Loves Dallas rerun marathon tonight.

  • DanKollerPeople

    That editorial is punctuated by a series of statistics about DISD that are attributed to SOPS. The editorial board couldn’t take the time to independently verify those stats before publishing them?

  • Guest

    Why not break up the district? Why do we need a district this big?