Fort Worth ISD is a district in crisis.

Students are not getting the education they deserve. We can fix that by supporting qualified, school board members and candidates who will establish a culture of high expectations, accountability, transparency, and professional ethics.

They and our city are falling further and further behind…

…while, students in Dallas ISD and Houston ISD are moving ahead.

Unless the district changes course it will continue to decline, leaving our students unprepared for life and our city ignored by job creators and major employers.

*All data from the Texas Education Agency
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How do we fix this situation?

Start at the Top

We start at the top with the people in charge. We need more school board members who will focus on what matters most: our students. Too many of our elected school board have been distracted from reality. Board members must focus on what matters most – our students and their performance in reading, math, and other critical subjects and holding their CEO, the district superintendent, accountable.
Focus on Students

Focus On Students PAC is an ongoing non-partisan citywide political action committee established to make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of our students by supporting qualified, school board members and candidates who will establish a culture of high expectations, accountability, transparency, and professional ethics in our FWISD.

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Join us in supporting qualified school board members and candidates who will stay out of distracting personal agendas and focus on student academic outcomes by establishing a culture of high expectations, accountability, transparency, and professional ethics.

Focus on Students Steering Committee

J.T. Aughinbaugh, Banking and FWISD Parent
John Avila, Jr., Business Owner
Vicki Cisneros, Business Owner
Ray Dickerson, Former President FWISD School Board
Stephanie Harvey, Business Owner, and FWISD Parent
Daniel Hernandez, Attorney
Mike Hernandez, Texas A&M University Regent
Libby Manning, Real Estate Investor and FWISD alumni parent
Rod Nelson, Sales Consultant
Mario Rodriguez, Business Owner, and FWISD Parent
Michael Shedd, University Instructor
Al Silva, Commercial Real Estate
Wes Turner, Former Publisher Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How do we measure a culture of success?

The role of a school board is to hold its superintendent accountable for ensuring district students are educated. Our role is to support incumbent board members committed to focusing on student academic outcomes and enable us to attract qualified future school board candidates.

High Expectations

Prioritize increasing math and reading levels for all students. Improving academic outcomes is the lens through which all board decisions shall be made.

Accountability

Members must hold themselves and the superintendent accountable for meeting clear, obtainable, and measurable reading and math outcomes for all students.

Transparency

School board members must be transparent about reading and math outcomes and goals by campus while being clear about the ways in which they will hold the superintendent accountable.

Professional Ethics

School board members must model professional conduct; respect the dignity of all board members, staff, and students; and commit to a strong conflict of interest policy.

A District in Crisis

The FWISD is hemorrhaging students, a quarter of our campuses earn Ds and Fs, and only 25% of our 3rd graders can read at grade level.
FWISD is a big complex district, but the Dallas and Houston ISDs which are both bigger and facing the same challenges are doing a dramatically better job of retaining their students and preparing them for success in life.

Enrollment in Rapid Decline

Since 2015 over 10,000 students have fled FWISD. But as we’ve lost students, ISD leadership has increased central office administrative staff 12%.  Meanwhile, Dallas lost 3% of its students but has reduced its number of teachers by 6% in response to the decreased number of students needing instruction. During this same period, the rate of transfer students leaving the FWISD increased 89% while Dallas’ transfer rate increased only 21%.

Too Many Failing Schools

It’s not hard to see why families are leaving FWISD. Only 30% of FWISD schools earned an A or B from the TEA. Meanwhile, 58% of Dallas schools and 52% of Houston schools earned As and Bs. The opposite side of the grade scale is worse. 27% of FWISD schools earned a D or F while only 9% of Dallas schools and 17% of Houston schools earned the same.
A student’s ability to read at grade level by the 3rd grade is paramount to their lives. After years of talk and spending millions of dollars only 25% of FWISD 3rd graders meet this vital achievement. This trend shows up in our students’ ability to succeed in English and math and graduate prepared to succeed in whichever path they choose for adulthood.

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    Thank you for supporting our work at Focus on Students and helping improve our school district!  Focus On Students is making plans for school board elections in 2023, but there is much to do right now.  Join the movement.  Help us help our school board hold district leadership accountable.

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