ERIC COWAN (District 7) Information Source Background Voting Record Interviews Questionnaire Critical Trait Experience Knowledge Awareness

Independence Urgency Overall Strengths Cowan is a Dallas ISD parent, which provides a very valuable perspective. Cowan  is  focused  on  fixing  Dallas  ISD’s  systemic  HR  problems  (see  Star   Report for outline of HR issues that undermine Dallas ISD). Cowan has a very strong voting history in key areas: supporting high quality staff, supporting performance-based staffing, banning forcedplacement on campuses, supporting enhanced teacher recruitment. Cowan’s  professional  experience  in  a  complex  field  brings  valuable   decision making skills and awareness of governance best practices to the board. Cowan questions the superintendent without being unnecessarily critical, understands that the path to progress requires a strong board, and is focused on progress over politics. Cowan has a nuanced understanding of Dallas  ISD’s  student  achievement challenges, and seems focused on students over politics and other alliances. Cowan’s  motivation  seems  genuine.  He  is  running  to  systemically  improve   Dallas public schools, and he there is no apparent reason to believe he would put special interests above those of public school students. Cowan helped initiate the STAR employment commission, which identified widespread  failures  of  the  district’s  HR  policies  and  practices. DKF Grade A A B+ C Grade A B B+ A C B+ Concerns Many  of  Cowan’s  responses   to DKF questionnaire topics and questions posed at the Dallas Public Schools Week Trustee forum were vague and unspecific. Cowan was clear and compelling in his DKF interview, but DKF volunteers would have appreciated clear answers to key questions.

Description Does the candidate have experience making difficult, strategic decisions? Does the candidate bring a valuable perspective to the board? Does the candidate fundamentally understand Dallas  ISD’s  student   achievement challenges? Is candidate knowledgeable about potential solutions and related arguments? 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 ? Will student achievement unequivocally  drive  the  candidate’s  decision   making, or will non-student factors play a disproportionate role in the candidate’s  decision making? Does the candidate approach Dallas  ISD’s  student  achievement challenges with a sense of urgency?

Pol. Adv., Kids First PAC

RAFAEL NARVAEZ III (District 7) Information Source Background Voting Record Interviews Questionnaire Critical Trait Experience Knowledge Awareness DKF Grade C D F Grade F F F

Independence Urgency Overall

Description Does the candidate have experience making difficult, strategic decisions? Does the candidate bring a valuable perspective to the board? Does  the  candidate  fundamentally  understand  Dallas  ISD’s  student   achievement challenges? Is candidate knowledgeable about potential solutions and related arguments? 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? Will  student  achievement  unequivocally  drive  the  candidate’s  decision   making, or will non-student factors play a disproportionate role in the candidate’s  decision making? Does the candidate  approach  Dallas  ISD’s  student  achievement   challenges with a sense of urgency?

C D F+

Strengths Narvaez is a Dallas ISD graduate, which could bring valuable first-hand experience to the board. Narvaez’s  experience  as  a  youth  soccer  coach   reveals a willingness to get involved.

Narvaez could bring unique community knowledge to the board.

Concerns Narvaez lacks a fundamental understanding of complex issues facing Dallas ISD. Narvaez does not appear to appreciate that, according to SAT/ACT scores, nine out of ten Dallas ISD graduates are not college ready, but he responded in an interview that Dallas schools are an  “8”  on  a  scale  from  1  to  10  (with  10  being   outstanding). Narvaez expressed a willingness to learn more about educational issues but lacks any experience in education or governance decision-making. Narvaez seems to view the board as a way to advocate politically for his community rather than a tool for improving educational opportunities for public school students. Narvaez agreed on several occasions to complete DKF’s  candidate  questionnaire,  but  failed  to   provide  answers  to  DKF’s  questions.   Narvaez lacks a clear set of goals, opinions or policy prescriptions that could move the board forward.

Pol. Adv., Kids First PAC

JOSE ARTURO SIERRA (District 7) Information Source Background Voting Record Interviews Questionnaire Critical Trait Experience Knowledge DKF Grade ??? F F Description Does the candidate have experience making difficult, strategic decisions? Does the candidate bring a valuable perspective to the board? Does  the  candidate  fundamentally  understand  Dallas  ISD’s   student achievement challenges? Is candidate knowledgeable about potential solutions and related arguments? 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? Will student achievement unequivocally drive the candidate’s  decision  making,  or  will  non-student factors play a disproportionate role  in  the  candidate’s  decision  making? Does  the  candidate  approach  Dallas  ISD’s  student   achievement challenges with a sense of urgency? Grade ??? ???

Awareness

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Independence Urgency Overall

F ??? ???

Strengths

Concerns Sierra revealed (via Facebook) that a former city council member and a state legislator recruited him to run for school board and would be funding and organizing  his  campaign.  Sierra’s  explicit  tie  to  nonstudent related special interests and his aversion to transparency are extremely concerning. Sierra  did  not  respond  to  requests  to  complete  DKF’s   questionnaire. Since responses are made public, Sierra’s  reluctance  to  publicly  reveal  his  ideas,   opinions and motivation for running is extremely concerning. Sierra is the only school board candidate (out of 7) did not respond to requests for an interview with DKF  volunteers.    Sierra’s  reluctance  to  discuss  his   ideas, opinions and motivation for running is extremely concerning.

Pol. Adv., Kids First PAC

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