Statement from DRC CEO and President Dale Petroskey about Dr. Michael Hinojosa’s Dallas ISD departure

“Under Dr. Hinojosa’s leadership, Dallas ISD has become a model for how to improve urban school districts across the nation, and throughout Texas. In fact, key provisions of HB3, passed and signed into law by the Texas Legislature in 2019, used the successes of Dallas ISD as an example for all other school districts in the state to transform how teachers get paid, how schools get improved, and how school districts are funded.”

A few numbers speak to his leadership:

      • The list of Dallas ISD schools classified “improvement required” dropped from 43 in 2014 to 4 in 2018.
      • Dr. Hinojosa led the push for P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) in Dallas ISD; today 90 companies partner with Dallas ISD to help educate students so they can work in their specific industries, more companies than any other school district in the nation – by far. This gives Dallas ISD students a head-start to finding a good job to start their careers, and it gives our companies the qualified, hard-working employees they need.
      • In 2021, 910 Dallas ISD students graduated with a two-year associates degree and a high school diploma on the same day, roughly 10% of Dallas ISD’s 2021 senior class.

“Dr. Hinojosa has always been a reliable and enthusiastic partner with the DRC in our efforts to help make the Dallas Region the best place in America to live, work, and do business. He’s energetic, a good listener, which leads to him being a creative problem-solver, and a sound decisionmaker under pressure. That’s why so many people trust him and like working with him, and why Dallas ISD has taken such big strides forward under his leadership.”