Giving Compass' Take:

• Getting Smart highlights ten reasons Dallas schools are flourishing, not only for students and teachers but for their businesses and community. 

• How can other cities across the country take note of what is happening in Dallas? 

Here's an article on boosting career readiness in Dallas. 


Dallas is in his DNA. Dr. Michael Hinojosa grew up raised a family, taught and coached, and has served as superintendent of schools for Dallas ISD for 10 years.

The biggest metroplex in the south, Dallas added more than a million people in this decade. It’s a global business center with more Fortune 500 companies than all but New York and Chicago.

DISD (@Dallasschools) is a large district on the upswing in terms of improvement, with 155,000 students in 230 schools. Seven of 10 students are Hispanic. But like Houston, Dallas has welcomed immigrants from around the world adding global diversity to many schools.

Hinojosa has a thoughtful board, a strong team and three times the average longevity—all reasons education in Dallas keeps getting better. On a recent visit, we spotted ten reasons Dallas is flourishing.

  1. Investing in Key Stakeholders.
  2. Quality Early Learning.
  3. Dual Literacy Priority.
  4. Teacher Preparation and Development.
  5. Support the Whole Child.
  6. Comprehensive Approach to Struggling Schools.
  7. High School Options.
  8. P-tech Innovation.
  9. Make College Affordable.
  10. Keep Learning.

Read the full article about Dallas' schools by Tom Vander Ark at Getting Smart.