- Dallas ISD is the recipient of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for the top large school district in Texas. For the last 19 years, the supermarket chain, based in San Antonio, has honored excellence in Texas public schools. At a special May 5 ceremony of the Excellence in Education Awards program held on Zoom, H-E-B Food/Drug Stores President Scott McClelland credited the incredible progress Dallas ISD has made over the past five years. “DISD has done so many things well, you have really become the blueprint for what big urban school districts can achieve,” McClelland said.
- The State Fair of Texas provided nearly $500,000 in college scholarships to 82 graduating Dallas ISD seniors. The State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel Scholarship awards outstanding seniors from six Dallas ISD high schools surrounding the State Fair of Texas. The students each received $6,000 scholarships in recognition of their academic performance and class ranking. The scholarships are named for former State Fair of Texas chairman Pete Schenkel. The students awarded scholarships attend Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson high schools.
- Seventy-two outstanding graduating seniors earned a total of $180,000 Dallas ISD Superintendent’s Scholarships. Each recipient receives $2,500 to go toward costs at the college or university of their choice. Selection for the Superintendent’s Scholarship Program is based on need, character, grades, recommendations and the promise of future success. The scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual Superintendent’s Golf Tournament.
- Congratulations to Universal Moo from Conrad High School, who won the Award of Achievement in Art given by the Dallas Public Library. In addition to receiving the award, her artwork appears as the cover of a printed poetry anthology that was part of the library’s Express Yourself! Youth Poetry Competition.
- Dallas ISD earned a B from TEA for the second year in a row. The district improved overall by five points, from 81-86. That’s a significant increase. There’s still plenty of work to do, but the district is moving in the right direction.
- Three Dallas ISD schools were selected as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools: Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, and Walnut Hill Elementary School.