District seeking partners to further boost student, school success

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Dallas ISD has issued a Call for Proposals for non-profits, institutions of higher education, and governmental entities that want to partner with the district to positively impact students’ lives.

Applications from interested potential partners are due by Jan. 25, 2019. Applications can be accessed here. The district is not considering partnering with a charter school or charter school network.

“This creates an opportunity for potential partners to have a significant impact on the lives of students and further support the community,” said Brian Lusk, Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives. “These potential partners would bring their knowledge, expertise and resources into our schools that are already doing well. This could take our schools to the next level.”

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1882 that encourages school districts to leverage partnerships to grow innovative practices and improve student outcomes. Proposed partners that are approved by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees would govern and operate an identified district school. Specific responsibilities, authorities and autonomies would be determined by a partnership management agreement and performance contract.

At their Jan. 10 briefing, trustees discussed a proposed policy to outline district-level requirements regarding these potential partnerships. Trustees are scheduled to vote on the proposed policy at the Jan. 24 regular meeting.

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