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With the clock ticking, the Dallas school board Friday afternoon began the process of picking those who will write the new home-rule charter that could change how the district is run. The task may seem simple. But it's not.

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The effort to remake Dallas schools through the home-rule process has passed a crucial test. The group backing the change says it has 48,000 signatures, nearly twice as many needed to take the next step.

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Dallas schools could be at a turning point. As officials consider a “home-rule” proposal that would remake the city's school system, here's a look at arguments against it. On Monday, we reported on home-rule supporters.

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Dallas schools could be at a turning point. As officials consider a “home-rule” proposal that would remake the district, here's a look at how the process works and why supporters believe DISD needs it. On Tuesday, we'll report on the arguments against the effort.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

A day before the Dallas City Council dives into the “home-rule” debate over remaking the city’s school system, supporters  issued their first four concrete recommendations today. And a key opponent announced an organizing meeting, in part to show that the opposition is multiracial.

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Opponents and supporters are rallying their troops for a meeting Monday night about the home-rule effort to remake the Dallas school system. The showdown is planned to take place at a South Dallas church.

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Thirty community activists and teacher representatives rallied against the home-rule effort, which could change the way Dallas schools are run. Opponents to a new charter -- freed from some state rules -- could violate rules of democracy.

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Backers of an effort to free Dallas schools from some state regulations took their home-rule charter campaign to three spots around town last night. Doubters in Pleasant Grove voiced their concerns, but so did some supporters.

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Three different community meetings on the Dallas schools home-rule effort roll out tonight. If enough people sign petitions, the school district could be forced to change how it’s run and how it’s governed. But some who strongly back school reform efforts don’t yet back this one.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

An upstart move is underway to change the way Dallas schools and its board operate. Dallas school trustees met Monday night to get more information on the proposal that’s never been tried before in Texas. Board members learned, in part, that if the effort succeeds, they could all be out of a job.