Black and Brown Coalition to Support Dansby for School Super
A group of 20 faith-based, civil rights and grassroots leaders within the black and brown community have called a 5:00 p.m. press conference at the Fort Worth ISD Board Room to endorse longtime Fort Worth schools administrator Walter Dansby to serve as superintendent of the district, following the recent resignation of Superintendent Melody Johnson, according to organizers Lee Saldivar and Kyev Tatum. The board meets at 5:30 and it is expected to vote on an interim superintendent as well as to determine whether or not to conduct a national search for a permanent replacement for Johnson.
“Mr. Dansby has a track record of turning things around in this district and we need someone in the top position that knows and loves Fort Worth as much as we do,” said Saldivar, president of a local unit of LULAC.
According to a news release today, the group came together after five board members boycotted a special called meeting to consider appointing Dansby interim superintendent last Friday night.
“It became crystal clear to us that we could get more accomplished by working together rather than working alone,” saud Tatum, president of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Citing the recent report that 22 Fort Worth schools failed to meet the minimum standards on the state’s TAKS test for 2011, Tatum said, “Our black and brown children in Fort Worth are failing to achieve in record numbers. It is a travesty on our watch.” The press release stated that the new group will work on immigration and on establishing new districts for greater representation at every level of government.
“Together we are the majority population within the City of Fort Worth and our elected representation should reflect this fact. It is our moment to lead,” said Saldivar.
If appointed, Walter Dansbby will become the first African-American man to lead the Fort Worth district.