About The Coalition


The most important challenges facing Dallas ISD today are: (1) providing an excellent and equitable education for all of its ~158,000 students, particularly students of color and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and (2) how to attract back the 1 in 4 students who live within district boundaries but currently opt for other public and private school options.

Building city-wide resolve to advance the performance of all Dallas ISD students requires the formation of a broad, diverse, and inclusive coalition. The purpose of this coalition is to help our community:

  • Acknowledge both the district and city’s historical role contributing to racial inequity and recent efforts to reverse disparities;
  • Fully understand the district’s present disparities in resources and outcomes, as well as the results of recent strategies enacted by the board and administration to address them;
  • Advocate for adequate funding to advance more equitable educational outcomes, while increasing the District’s accountability to taxpayers for additional investment.

While the building of trust will require on-going effort and patience, today’s students and their families do not have the luxury of time. Thoughtful urgency is required to take immediate steps towards the long-term pursuit of equity for all of Dallas’ children.


Members of this coalition have agreed to operate in accordance with the following shared beliefs:

  • Every child in Dallas ISD is capable of success and deserves equitable access to a quality education, getting what they need based on their individual needs and history.
  • Dallas ISD’s actions should be guided by a comprehensive and transparent equity review, routinely updated, that continually guides its allocation of resources in its mission to eliminate achievement disparities for its students.
  • Any plan put forth by Dallas ISD administration and approved by the board of trustees should reflect broad community input on suggested strategies and desired educational outcomes.
  • Taxpayers should be granted the right by their elected board of trustees to decide via public election whether or not to invest additional dollars to fund those strategies that have the best chance of closing existing student achievement disparities.
  • Any taxpayer investment should be accompanied by ambitious but reasonably attainable accountability measures and subsequent transparent reporting to ensure that any incremental funding raised is used to produce the desired growth and reduced disparities in student achievement outcomes.

Coalition Members

The individuals and organizations listed below have joined together in common purpose, shared beliefs and commitments. All are invited to participate, especially those most impacted by Dallas ISD’s decision-making, including teachers, parents, and students.

If you’re interested in joining, please sign and submit this Member Agreement Form to info@strongschoolsstrongdallas.org.


















Steering Group

The coalition is guided by this group of dedicated volunteers responsible for creating agendas for coalition meetings, ensuring adequate resources are secured, and advancing the coalition agenda in a timely manner. Membership on this Steering Committee was determined based on the desire to ensure representation from as many key stakeholder groups as possible, including teachers, parents, students, faith communities and communities of color.

James Armstrong III, West Dallas One Rena Honea, Alliance AFT Ray de los Santos, LULAC Council 272
 Patricia Arvanitis, Leadership ISD  Arnulfo Garza, Faith in Texas Susan Schuerger, Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation
Michelle Bobadilla, University Crossroads Crystal Gonzalez Debbie Sherrington, Hillcrest High School
Allison Brim, Texas Organizing Project Kiyundra Gulley, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Dolores Sosa-Green, Trinity River Mission Community Foundation
Gerald Britt, CitySquare John Hill, CAMP Fellows Taylor Toynes, For Oak Cliff
Sagar Desai, Commit! Aubrey Hooper, Dallas NAACP Ed Turner, Elevating After School Youth
Melissa Higginbotham, Dallas Kids First Kevin Malonson, Individual Brandi Watts, Stand for Children