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Dallas council learns more about DISD home-rule proposal

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The controversial home-rule proposal being pushed to change the way Dallas ISD operates was discussed at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday.

It was an unusual setting for the discussion since city officials have no direct control over the district, but the topic has been a hot one and Mayor Mike Rawlings is one of home-rule's biggest supporters.

"We need to act like these children we talk about today are our boys and girls. They're our young men and women. I'm here today to advocate for their civil rights," said Rawlings.

Current DISD Superintendent Mike Miles spoke during the discussion and pointed out recent gains the district has been making.

Miles said graduation rates went from 62 percent in 2007 to 81 percent in 2013.

"That's a tremendous increase and we need to applaud our teachers, our staff and the system, the board," Miles said.

Rawlings said he called the meeting to get all of the stakeholders in the proposed change in the same room. There was none of the drama that had been seen at previous home-rule meetings hosted by home-rule supporters for residents.

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