Eric CowanDistrict 72013 DKF Survey Responses
Pol.Adv., Kids First PAC
Please describe your involvement in Dallas ISD or public education issues over thelast five years.
I have served on the DISD Board of Trustees for one three-year term representingDistrict 7.
Please explain leadership positions and responsibilities that have prepared you forschool board governance.
As the DISD Trustee for District 7 these past three years, I served as liaison to theCitizens Budget Review Commission, chaired the Board's Audit Committee for twoyears, and was chosen by my fellow trustees to serve as 2nd Vice President of theBoard.
Please identify three specific issues that you think should be addressed in order toimprove the quality of education in Dallas ISD.
We need a strong, supportive central administrative office dedicated to the success of individual schools. We need to improve campus leadership. We need to improvecommunication focused on parental and community involvement.
If elected, what would you do to address each of these issues?
The board hired a superintendent who is focused on improving these three issues, aswell as many other problem areas. The board needs to continue to guide and supportthe superintendent while holding him responsible for improvements.
Do you think Dallas ISD faces a teacher morale problem? If so, what do you thinkare the primary causes, and what would you do as a Trustee to improve morale?
I believe there are pockets of morale problems. The board can improve moralethrough policy management. The superintendent can improve morale by improvingcampus leadership.