September was tough, so October wasn't as bad as it has been the past few years, but something about the stigma of the month makes everyone a little on edge. The days feel longer. There are fewer breaks or designated holidays. October is just a long month standing in the way of Thanksgiving month and Christmas month. We powered through. Teachers, students, community members, support staff, elected officials, and everyone in between.
Here we are.
After a month that saw the discussion of the sibling rule for Dallas ISD magnets, the approval for more money for South Oak Cliff High School, washers/dryers in schools, and more of the same arguments about who is in charge of what and which opportunities our kids should have.
Retired Gen. Colin Powell challenges Dallas to not screw up pre-K. Challenge accepted. That isn't to say it will be easy, but there are a whole host of reasons why expanded pre-K is an opportunity we can not waste. Sure, there are some people that think this new focus on pre-K is a bunch of malarkey. I am not one of those people. What I am is someone that thinks that the education situation both here in Dallas and across the country is far too dire to start eliminating options, ideas, pipelines, and potential solutions.
We need to start reflecting on the difference between advocacy and obstruction. We need to stop thinking "No" is an acceptable response to "we need to try to do better for our kids." We need to stop making our students suffer because of issues we adults have with each other. There is much we can do in the short term while also focusing on the long term. We can make small corrections while working toward big corrections. Progress is progress and we can't afford to turn back. Our kids can't wait.
I'm inspired by Gen. Powell's challenge. I'm excited about what's to come for Dallas ISD. I'm rejuvenated and ready for a better November.
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