Dallas ISD is asking the taxpayers for a tax hike in the form of a Tax Ratification Election (TRE). On its website the District claims additional TRE revenue will be invested in early learning, racial equity, schools of choice, and strategic compensation.
It’s interesting that the District has been very careful to note: one Board cannot bind a future Board. I haven’t seen such a disclaimer in the previous years. Perhaps it’s because in 2015, the voters agreed to approve a bond election if there was no tax increase, yet here we are.
Trustee Pinkerton has put forth a resolution to ensure transparency and integrity by the Board. She’s asking her colleagues to formalize their intent to carry out the largest component of the plan, the strategic compensation, in order to ensure employee salary increases all five years of the plan. Unfortunately, President Flores has not placed the item on the Board agenda to date, indicating resistance.
Now that we know the additional TRE recapture dollars generated will fund charter schools, without the Board’s full commitment to this resolution, it’s hard to see how one could support the TRE. If you support transparency and integrity in Dallas ISD, ask your Board of Trustee to sign the TRE resolution.
Tomorrow we'll discuss the solution.