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.