Dallas has the highest child poverty rate of any major city in America.
Dallas ISD has the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students of the 55 school districts in North Texas.
Dallas ISD has the 3rd lowest tax rate in North Texas and is facing dramatic budget cuts.
The most important challenge facing our city is providing an excellent and equitable education for all of Dallas ISD’s students and attracting back those families currently opting for other public and private school options. But with diminishing federal and state funding, we are left with a choice: Are we willing to make the local investment necessary to make good on this promise?
Strong Schools Strong Dallas is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations formed to work for the fair and equitable funding of our public schools by advocating for a Tax Ratification Election that could generate as much as $105 million in additional annual revenue.
Despite having the highest percentage and number of economically disadvantaged students of the 55 independent school districts in the region, Dallas ISD spends $1,000 less than the state average per student, which is especially difficult considering that Texas already ranks 38th of the 50 states and District of Columbia in terms of per student funding.
With little help expected at the federal and state level, and Dallas ISD already facing severe budget cuts, our community is left with a choice. Are we willing to make a greater investment in our kids, knowing that it is the best investment we can make in their futures and the future of our city?
This coalition believes the answer is yes, and we want to engage our friends and neighbors across the city in a conversation about how important this choice is for our shared future.
We believe every child in Dallas ISD deserves equitable access to a quality education and that voters should decide whether to invest their tax dollars in our students’ future. We believe the district’s actions and resources should be guided by a comprehensive and transparent equity assessment to eliminate student achievement disparities and that increased investment of our tax dollars should be paired with increased accountability to the community.
So the next step is to make your voice heard. Please take this quick survey so we can begin to understand the needs and priorities of the people of Dallas. Your responses will help inform our collective efforts moving forward.