|Dallas ISD Student Loss Centers, transitions 5th to 6th & 9th to 10th|
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Dallas must begin to indicate they are paying closer attention to the research which is all pointing the same direction, toward K-8 schools as the answer. (See the research at http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2012/02/separate-middle-schools-vs-k-8.html.) The K-8 alternative is more popular with most parents. Student achievement stays higher and the multiple other problems in middle school are lessened with K-8 schools. A community can focus more intensely on their local school and the PTA will be a much more vital organization in each school. There will be less need for busing of students as attendance zones will be more compact.
Yes, this will be a very gradual transition but parents need to demand it. It can happen school by school. Ultimately it will help guide future building in DISD. We do not need more middle schools!