Friday, February 12, 2016

DISD not collecting most basic data to help fight with charters

Letter sent 2-12-16

Sent: 2/12/2016 2:47:12 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: How is DISD planning to fight Charters with this data being ignored?
Dear Dr. Hinojosa and President Cowan,

This morning I received the following response to an open records request asking for data on student transfers both into DISD coming from charters and out of DISD going to charter schools.  This may be a goldmine of data for use in the battle with charter schools, but apparently such data is not even being collected based on the email below.

How can DISD plan to combat charters if data is not being collected on the students being lost to charter schools and on students returning from charters, and on how often are these round trips for student both leaving DISD and then returning after time spent in charter schools?

Either DISD truly is not collecting this data, which the public will find amazing, or there is an error in the response to this open records request.  What is the correct answer?

Are there any plans to begin collecting this data now that the battle with charters is more public and open?

Bill Betzen
Dallas ISD Achievement Data
Dallas, Texas

Sent: 2/12/2016 9:55:02 A.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Public Information Request #14944
You have requested demographic information related to Dallas ISD students transferring from and to charter schools. Please note that the District does not collect the information of students, longitudinally, who left the district for a charter school or returned to the District from a charter school. Students going to other public school districts or charter schools are coded the same. Therefore, there is no information responsive to your request.  Please contact Ms. McGowan at if additional information is needed.

Rita Sanchez
Office of Legal Services
Dallas Independent School District
3700 Ross Ave., Box #69
Dallas, TX 75204
Direct Line: (972) 925-3291
Legal Main Line: (972) 925-3250
Legal Fax: (972) 925-3251
Public Information Request Fax: (972) 925-3230

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