Reverend Ronald Wright, Reverend Marion Barnett, Dr. Juanita Wallace held a press conference on October 19th in front of DISD headquarters to express their opposition to the DISD bond proposal:
Reverend Ronald Wright heads an organization called Justice Seekers Texas, which is based in far East Dallas. On this bright Monday outside school headquarters, he told reporters he’s not against a bond package, just this one.
“No trust, no bond,” Wright said, almost chanting. “The bond was never planned. There was never public input.”
Wright said schools in need were ignored, while others — aging landmarks in the African-American community — like Pearl C. Anderson Middle School, were closed. It was shut two years ago.
“So this madness is setting the stage for 21st century segregation,” Wright said.
From WFAA coverage of the press conference:
“It’s really sad how certain conditions in the southern sector go unattended,” said Dr. Juanita Wallace. “They want to go ahead and use $1.6 billion to be voted on November 3rd. I say no!”
Critics of the bond package argue the proposed plan offers too many patchwork fixes for campuses like Kimball, Carter, Atwell, and South Oak Cliff High School, to name a few. They say it leaves some community campuses like Pinkston High School in jeopardy of being closed.
Bill Betzen has created a website and organization to oppose the $1.6 billion DISD bond proposal.
Among many other reasons, Mr. Betzen points out the lack of transparency and accountability in the allocation of the funds. Specifically, he says on his website:
When you ask about the sources for these plans it is repeatedly said they come from the Future Facilities Task Force, members listed here. The members of that Task Force say they never voted on these plans as a group. Apparently there are no minutes available documenting Task Force meetings. The Task Force also held many other public meetings allegedly seeking input, but there are no minutes or listings of the people who attended those meetings either. Again, there are no records. The bottom line is that it appears as if all plans came from DISD staff at 3700 Ross, or from other unnamed community sources.
View Mr. Betzen’s website opposing the bond can be viewed here.
DALLAS – August 17th, 2005 The Dallas chapter of the NAACP said Sunday its members will not support a proposed $1.6 billion bond for DISD schools because they have not seen enough details about the plan.
Arthur Fleming, chapter president, told reporters on Sunday that there is a perception that the bond money will not be spent equally across DISD schools, especially on campuses in the southern sector.
“I think they need to slow down, let the community see what’s in the bond package and then go from there,” Fleming says.
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