EducateDallas Endorses Elizabeth Jones and Dan Micciche for Dallas ISD Board of Trustees

EducateDallas endorses candidates for the 2012 Dallas ISD school board elections, Elizabeth Jones (District 1) and Dan Micciche (District 3).

Through a rigorous vetting and interview process conducted by a diverse group of civic leaders and business professionals, EducateDallas sought to endorse the best and brightest candidates to help ensure every Dallas ISD student receives a world-class education.  “Both Elizabeth and Dan were clear choices among the field of candidates.  Each has a true passion for public education, as well as the life experience necessary to be effective in leading Dallas ISD to new levels of student success,” said EducateDallas Co-Chairman, Mark Melton.

A product of public education and a 26-year resident of East Dallas, Dan Micciche has a demonstrated history of commitment to his community and the children in Dallas ISD.  He understands the importance of public education and knows that our schools need to provide life-changing opportunities for every Dallas ISD student.  Over the last several years, Dan has taken a personal role in serving Dallas ISD students by leading a very successful program that recruited his coworkers at Akin Gump to regularly volunteer at Fannin Elementary.  After seven years of work within Fannin Elementary, Dan knows the value of teachers and the needs of students.  He also understands the necessity to reject the status quo as an acceptable mode of operation, and to instead insist on higher standards throughout the system.   

“Dan is the kind of guy that refuses to be satisfied with passive progress.  And he’s willing to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work on the ground that is necessary to create a system where our kids can be successful.  He saw that the children at Fannin Elementary needed help, and the next thing you know he’s organized a coalition of his coworkers to provide ongoing services to those children in need.  He now sees a need for the District to better serve all of its students, and he’s once again stepping up to take on the challenge because he cares about the children that are falling through the cracks in the current system,” said Melton.  “Dan is exactly the kind of thoughtful, common sense sort of candidate we need on the Dallas ISD school board.”

Elizabeth Jones is a long-time Dallas resident, successful businesswoman, and a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management.  Elizabeth has an extensive background in finance, public-private partnerships, and classroom instruction.  She has a lifetime of experience serving on high profile national and local non-profit boards, city commissions, and other public service appointments.  A product of public education, Elizabeth understands that creating a successful and high performing public education system is not only vital to the future of our city, it’s a moral imperative, and we can no longer quietly tolerate a system that does not provide every single student in Dallas the opportunity to achieve success through education.

“Elizabeth is something of a dream candidate when you look at her experience and the mindset she brings to the position.  She has a heart for helping kids, immense respect for teachers, and the technical knowledge around how to run an enormous public institution.  She is the only candidate in the field with directly applicable experience operating multi-billion dollar organizations of a similar size to Dallas ISD.  At a point when our schools are being asked to do more with less, we know that Elizabeth is capable of tackling and solving complex problems and making tough decisions that make sense,” said Melton.  “We are confident that Elizabeth is the type of leader that can help drive dramatic improvements for the students in Dallas ISD.”

The endorsement process began by inviting candidates to complete a questionnaire followed by in-person interviews with the EducateDallas Board of Advisors.  The Board of Advisors voted unanimously to endorse both candidates, believing that their backgrounds and passion for public education make them the most qualified candidates for the Dallas ISD board of trustees.

Like previously endorsed candidates, EducateDallas believes that both candidates will work to put students first in every decision, and will invest in and value the importance of human capital within the district.  To show its support, EducateDallas has pledged $10,000 to each candidate’s campaign.

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