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Support Our Public Schools to submit home rule petition with 48,000 signatures

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DALLAS - After months of talk, the Dallas Independent School District could soon be force to make changes.

Support Our Public Schools said it now has 48,000 signatures on a petition, almost double what it needed to move forward with the idea of home rule district.

The group has been gathering support from Dallas voters since early March. It's goal is to overhaul how the district is run.

Some of the proposed changes include starting and ending the school year earlier, creating a custom curriculum tailored to more students, moving school board elections from May to November to increase voter participation and approving school board members with specific expertise.

Support Our Public Schools plans to turn in the signatures either Thursday or Friday.

Then according to state law, the school board has five days to verify the signatures and 30 days to appoint a 15-member commission, which will draw up a home rule charter.

If the charter if completed and approved by the commissioner of education by mid-August, it can go before voters on the November ballot.

But, some believe there is not enough time to get it done and for voters to study the issue.

On Monday, the school board plans to meet to discuss naming the commission and to vote on whether to spend $250,000 on hiring a lawyer.

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