Retired teacher and education advocate Bill Betzen mounts campaign against DISD bond proposal

Bill BetzenBill 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 NAACP comes out against DISD bond proposal

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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