_Elizabeth Jones (DISD Trustee) Picture

Elizabeth Jones, Dallas ISD School Board Representative, with the 1st and 2nd editions of Texas School Guide.

DALLAS, TX (November 6, 2014) – CHILDREN AT RISK has released the second edition of the Texas School Guide: Empowering Families to Succeed in Public Education for Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD area public schools, as well as local charter schools. Key stakeholders in the community joined Dr. Bob Sanborn to speak about the significance of this resource at a press conference last Thursday. Speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Jones, Dallas ISD School Board Trustee, District 1
  • Michelle Kinder, Executive Director, Momentous Institute
  • Byron Sanders, Vice President, US Trust
  • Lyn Lucas, Vice President Work/Family Division, Camp Fire First Texas
  • Dr. Bob Sanborn, President and CEO, CHILDREN AT RISK

The new publications, available in English and Spanish, feature 2014 school rankings, letter grades, and school level data. They also include “Innovative Resources,”  a new section that helps parents identify which organizations and community resources – such as a PTA – are available on their campus.

Other key highlights include:

  • Performance data
  • Average class size
  • Graduation rates
  • Application process for charter schools, magnet schools, and schools of choice
  • Before and after school programs, sports and athletic programs, and art and music classes

Additionally, CHILDREN AT RISK has expanded www.texasschoolguide.org with a fully integrated map that includes all schools across the state. Recent improvements to the mobile version of the site make it more user-friendly.

_Lyn Lucas (Camp Fire - Fort Worth) Picture

Lyn Lucas, Camp Fire First Texas, speaking on the significance of parent engagement in our public schools.

Dallas ISD School Board Representative, Elizabeth Jones, said, “There is no choice unless there is a high quality choice.” Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of Momentous Institute, referenced that “parents are the education system’s most underutilized resource.” Dr. Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK, concluded that “The Texas School Guide project is truly a one-stop resource for parents that want to maximize their child’s educational attainment in the state.”

Copies of the Texas School Guide will be distributed throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. CHILDREN AT RISK will hold a Community Stakeholder Luncheon on November 21 at 12:00 p.m., at BRIT in Fort Worth, on how to use the guides, as well as the corresponding website.

Please contact Ada Akogun, Research Coordinator at 214.599.0072 or aakogun@childrenatrisk.org with any questions.