What Dallas ISD parents are (and aren’t) being told about MAP tests

What Dallas ISD parents are (and aren’t) being told about MAP tests

Co-published with our media partner, Advocate magazines On Sept. 1, seven days before Dallas ISD students began remote learning, the district announced that students would need to return to their schools in person for three hours during the month of September to take the MAP test. Why did Dallas ISD ask my children to take a […]

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - September 23, 2020

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

When South Dallas residents don’t hold the title to the property they own, it can cause all kinds of problems.  Without a title, the property can’t be sold and isn’t eligible for government-funded home repairs or homestead exemptions that give a property tax discount.  It’s a financial problem, definitely. It’s also a legal problem, says […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 20, 2020

New racial equity leader appointed to guide Dallas ISD efforts

New racial equity leader appointed to guide Dallas ISD efforts

Co-published by our media partner, the Dallas Weekly Two years into its existence, Dallas ISD’s racial equity office has a new leader, Sharon Quinn.  She replaces Leslie Williams, whom Supt. Michael Hinojosa appointed to lead the office in 2018 when it was created. Quinn moved to back to Texas from South Carolina in 2017 to […]

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - August 19, 2020

West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans

West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans

Dallas ISD’s 41-page Reentry Playbook for Parents is thorough, but West Dallas 1, a grassroots coalition that focuses on education, environment and housing issues in our neighborhood, didn’t want West Dallas families to miss the information they consider most crucial about back-to-school safety measures. They “created informative videos to highlight some of the most notable […]

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 12, 2020

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly When Dr. Ahmad Garrett-Price leaves his home in West Dallas, he always takes his self-made “care package” with him. It’s a recyclable grocery bag holding key items to protect himself and others from the novel coronavirus: a mask, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipers and disinfectant spray. […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 13, 2020

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly Mayor Eric Johnson and District 3 Councilman Casey Thomas spent Friday morning on group phone calls with Dallas clergy and small minority-owned business owners, making sure they knew about grants and loans available to them and their communities. The federal government gave the City of Dallas $5 […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly In the state of Texas, if a tenant is late paying rent, the landlord has a legal right to evict. “There’s no protection in Texas law for that,” says Sandy Rollins, executive director of the Dallas-based Texas Tenants’ Union. “It’s a default on the contract when you don’t […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

During a typical month, Dennis Gant may welcome one or two new residents to the former South Dallas apartment building that now operates as a dormitory for men who just left prison and are trying to get on their feet. In the last three weeks, however, six new residents have been released to the care of Trinity Restoration Ministries.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 22, 2020

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

Dallas County had declared a state of emergency two weeks prior as cases of the novel coronavirus rose. Williams reached out to Carter, whose nonprofit Carter’s House provides children’s clothing and baby items to families from its headquarters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The two women had teamed up previously to host pop-up baby boutiques for single parents, and they decided to face the pandemic head-on in another joint effort.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 8, 2020

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

The coronavirus pandemic already is taking its toll on Dallas. And COVID-19 is likely to more fiercely attack disenfranchised sections of the city.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - March 25, 2020