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Dallas ISD District 5 Scorecard from Dallas Kids First

Dallas ISD District 5 Scorecard from Dallas Kids First

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Dallas Kids First give board president Lew Blackburn the highest marks.
Dallas Kids First give board president Lew Blackburn the highest marks.

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Mar 27, 2013
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Pol. Adv., Kids First PAC
LEW BLACKBURN (District 5)Critical Trait Key Questions Grade
Experience Does the candidate have experience making difficult, strategicdecisions? Does the candidate bring a valuable perspective to theboard?AKnowledge
DoesthecandidatefundamentallyunderstandDallasISD’sstudent
achievement challenges? Is candidate knowledgeable about potentialsolutions and related arguments?B-Awareness
DoesthecandidateappreciatethegravityofDallasISD’sstudentachievementfailures?Doesthecandidateunderstandtheboard’sjobrelativetotheworkofothersandknowthetoolsattheboard’s
disposal?BIndependence Will stude
ntachievementunequivocallydrivethecandidate’sdecision
making, or will non-student factors play a disproportionate role in the
candidate’sdecisions?
 CUrgency
DoesthecandidateapproachDallasISD’sstudentachievement
challenges with a sense of urgency?BOverall B
Strengths Concerns
Blackburn has a very strong voting history in keyareas: supporting high quality staff, supportingperformance-based staffing, banning forced-placement on campuses, supporting enhancedteacher recruitment.It is unclear whether Blackburn addresses systemicissues with evidence-based solutions.Blackburn has been an effective board president,and has improved board meeting effectiveness.Blackburn is not averse to micromanaging staff,which is a common governance pitfall.
Blackburn’sexperienceasacareereducatorbrings
valuable perspective to the board.DKF challenges Blackburn to use his unique tenureand knowledge to promote more aggressive changefor Dallas ISD students.Blackburn has been a Dallas ISD Trustee since 2001(historical perspective).
Information Source DKF Grade
Background AVoting Record B+Interviews BQuestionnaire B

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