155,000 Students In Dallas Head Back To School

Alan Scaia
August 19, 2019 - 8:51 am
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The biggest school district in North Texas started its 2019-2020 school year Monday.

More than 155,000 students and ten thousand teachers returned to class in Dallas ISD.

"Absolutely, it's very exciting. This is my 40th year as an educator, and so I'm reminiscing on my first one, but this is always an exciting time of year when we welcome our students back," says Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

Hinojosa says Dallas ISD is benefiting from increased funding from the state and the bond passed by voters last year. This year, the first class of seniors will graduate from Dallas' "P-TECH" high schools, which provide early college education or industry training.

"It looks like we've turned the corner financiallly, we've turned the corner academically. We just need to turn the corner on market share, our market share of parents," Hinojosa says. "That's really what the next big initiative is for us."

In the next six months, Hinojosa says Dallas ISD will announce plans for a new school downtown and a second high school for performing arts, similar to Booker T. Washington.?

Hinojosa says the district has been meeting with the city and county monthly on security. He says the meetings have focused on how to improve security and communication.