DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For weeks now there has been talk of creating a Home Rule Charter in the Dallas Independent School District. Home Rule is a 20-year-old state law that allows school districts to bypass some state laws and create a new power structure within a district.
Proponents say the charter would exempt the school district from a lot of state red tape that is holding students back. Opponents believe the move would put control of the district in the hands of unelected people who can set their own rules and be accountable to no one.
The group “Support Our Public Schools” is in favor of Home Rule and gathered nearly 50,000 signatures that in turn require that a special commission be created. Those signatures were verified on May 22 and now DISD is looking for individuals to serve on the Home Rule Charter Commission.
The Board of Trustees has 30 days to form the 15-person panel, of ethnically diverse parents and teachers, to draft a proposed Home Rule Charter. At least eight members must be parents of school-age children attending Dallas ISD public schools. At least 25-percent of the commission must be classroom teachers and trustees will appoint 11 of the 15 members.
Once appointed, the commission has up to a year to complete its work.
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