Only 14 percent of graduates leave the Dallas Independent School District prepared for success in college as measured by state standards.
Corps members here have adopted the rallying cry, "Community and achievement!” We’re committed to working together and focusing on student achievement for our kids.
About Dallas-Fort Worth
Once home to one of the highest performing urban districts in America, Dallas has seen an ever-growing divide of educational access between lower income students and their peers over the last 25 years. In the Dallas Independent School District, where 90% of the student population receives free or reduced lunch, just 14% of students are prepared for college. In stark contrast, in nearby Highland Park, none of the school system’s 6,000 students qualify for free or reduced lunch—and 98% go on to attend a four year university. It is difficult to deny that this dichotomy in educational opportunity is drawn along socioeconomic lines. Although a mere eighth of a mile separates the two districts, property values vary by 250% and more than 5,000 Dallas ISD students are homeless.
Neighboring Fort Worth Independent School District serves more students than Boston or Minneapolis, a statistic that takes many by surprise. Over the last 15 years, Fort Worth has experienced an even more profound demographic shift than Dallas. Unprecedented numbers of middle class families have fled the city for the suburbs, in hopes of greener educational pastures and better opportunities to build a promising future for their children. As a result, our most underrepresented and disenfranchised populations are left to confront the perpetual cycle that educational inequity begins for many of our nation’s low income students.
With some of the highest dropout rates in the nation, Dallas-Fort Worth students are simply not on a level playing field with their more affluent neighbors.Yet our cities are on the cusp of change. The community wants DFW School Districts to become leaders in education reform, and they believe the commitment, leadership and enthusiasm possessed by Teach For America corps members can play a big part in fueling that movement. Since Teach For America launched in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2009, our presence in the region has tripled in size. In the 2012-2013 school year, our corps of more than 330 teachers will impact approximately 26,000 students. By taking bold risks, trying new things, and relentlessly pursuing what is best for our kids, we will work collectively with our partners to blaze a trail for lasting change for all students in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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In 2009, Alex was a key leader in opening the Teach For America charter region in Dallas-Fort Worth, where she first served as a manager, teacher leadership development and was quickly promoted to leading all teacher support and development initiatives. Alex graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest College and was named a Rhodes Scholar Finalist..