Mexican Consulate and Dallas ISD co-host community education forum

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With topics that ranged from ESL programs to bilingual teacher recruitment, José Octavio Tripp, the Mexican General Consul in Dallas, and Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles discussed with community members how to best support district students.

During the forum held at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, 1210 River Bend Dr., Miles gave an update on Destination 2020, the district’s strategic plan to improve academic achievement. In his update on Destination 2020, Miles discussed the importance of early childhood education. Dallas ISD is working to expand the district’s Pre-K programs as part of Destination 2020.

Miles also discussed how Dallas ISD is taking steps to graduate 90 percent of students who are college-and-career ready.

Following his update, Miles took questions from the audience and discussed the importance of working with partners such as the Mexican Consulate. Dallas ISD’s current student enrollment includes 67,109 English language learners, of which 96.1 percent are Spanish speakers and 21,815 are enrolled in ESL.

“I am looking forward to our partnership with the Mexican Consulate,” Miles said.

For his part, Tripp discussed the importance of providing community support to Dallas ISD.

“We are very excited to welcome Superintendent Mike Miles to share this important update on key issues for our community,” he said. “I think improving the education of our children is a priority and our community must be fully involved and committed.

Other district leaders, including Dallas ISD Board of Trustees President Miguel Solis, also attended the event.

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