Dallas Superintendent To Deliver "State Of The District" Address

Alan Scaia
February 01, 2019 - 8:16 am
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The superintendent of Dallas Independent School District will deliver a "State of the District" address Friday at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Dallas ISD says Michael Hinojosa will talk about the district's accomplishments and changes.

"We've had some significant changes," Hinojosa says. "We have these Pathways in Technology where we have all 23 high schools have 66 industry partners. We are pivoting."

Hinojosa says the program helps ensure kids graduate with a skill they can use in the workforce.

Hinojosa says he also spent time in Austin this week to talk with lawmakers about school funding. The governor has said the state would begin "dismantling the flawed Robin Hood scheme" during this session.

Dallas ISD is considered "property rich" and must give money to the state, which is then given to districts that cannot raise as much money. Hinojosa says Dallas may be considered "property rich," but he says 90 percent of students live in poverty.

"The devil is in the details, and how this gets done is going to be very intricate," Hinojosa says. "But I think there's a great appetite and a commitment from the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house that this is priority one."

In November, voters approved a 13 cent tax increase in Dallas ISD. The district says the money will help pay for higher pay for teachers, early education and an expansion of school choice.