By Steve Pickett

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The controversial push to change the leadership structure within the Dallas Independent School District cleared its first major legal hurdle Thursday morning.

Judge Carl Ginsberg has ruled against the state’s largest teacher union, Alliance/AFT, and has denied its request for an injunction to temporarily stop the Home Rule process.

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.

The union claimed the teacher selection process for the Home Rule commission sidestepped the rules.

Judge Ginsberg agreed, but ruled that Alliance/AFT did not show the teachers suffered any harm in the appointments of four teachers to the commission.

“The harm is not what we looked at. It was the illegal act. The law was not followed,” said Rena Honea, Alliance AFT President.

This decision allows Home Rule to move forward.  DISD has announced the school board will meet today at 5 p.m. to continue the selection process.  11 more members need to be selected.  By law, commission members must be named within 30 days of May 22, the date when nearly 25,000 petition signatures supporting Home-Rule were verified.

The court hearings on the issue started last week at the request of the union, which claimed state law requires professionals on a school district advisory committee to be elected, not appointed, as they have been in the Dallas ISD.

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