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Dallas Mayor apologizes about botched home-rule rollout efforts

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings apologized Tuesday for the botched rollout of home-rule efforts to change the structure of Dallas ISD, but he didn't back away from the effort altogether.

Rawlings was careful to say he didn't speak for anybody else but himself when he addressed reporters.

He apologized for the way the home rule issue had been handled. At the polls last month, voters were asked to sign a petition requiring DISD trustees to appoint a 15-member commission that would write the home rule charter.

There was no public education effort to explain the petition, and no information about what kind of governing body would replace DISD's Board of Trustees.

"I think the most important thing is to get the kids in this City of Dallas ready for the jobs that are out there," said Rawlings. "I talk to too many CEO's that have great jobs, but they're not hiring from our citizens. That is a doom loop and death spiral for this city, and if we don't deal with that issue, it's gonna be a challenge."

While Rawlings on the one hand said there were good things happening in the district, he also suggested Superintendent Mike Miles could use some help, and groups should come up with tools currently unavailable in Miles' toolbox.

The superintendent had no comment.

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