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The Business Case for a Stronger FWISD

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

The workforce of tomorrow is the FWISD student population of today.

Fort Worth depends on a strong workforce to compete and succeed regionally. But Fort Worth is facing an unprecedented workforce crisis: a completely uneducated and unprepared student population.

As the 13th largest school district in the country, Fort Worth ISD is the educational pipeline that feeds Fort Worth’s economic health and growth. Yet FWISD is falling far short of preparing students for success in the labor market and in life.

The learning losses the FWISD students have already felt are being exacerbated by the continuation of remote learning – virtual instruction will never produce the academic results of in-person education[1]. These learning losses (up to 12 months for low-income students[2]) will follow these students into the labor market—both the students and our City will feel negative economic impact. Statistics demonstrate that student learning loss during the World War II had negative income loss on students that affected their entire careers[3].

Permanent damage to our economy is often referred to as scarring, which seems appropriate in light of the damage school closures are causing Fort Worth’s young people.

In data recently obtained from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner[4], for children 18-years and younger during May 1 – September 1, 2020:

· Suicides increased 29%

· Homicides increased 33%

· Overdoses increased 200%

Keeping the schools closed to in-person instruction is causing irreparable damage to the students and to Fort Worth.

You can help FWISD open the Schools to Choice and improve performance throughout the District.

[1] 2015 Online Charter School Study of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), credo.stanford.edu. [2] The hurt could last a lifetime https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/covid-19-and-student-learning-in-the-united-states-the-hurt-could-last-a-lifetime [3] https://uh.edu/~adkugler/Ichino%26Winter-Ebmer.pdf [4] Children 0-18 May 1 – September 1, 2020 Tarrant County Medical Examiner and May 1 – September 1, 2019.



Steps toward improvement will take many forms.

The priority actions include raising awareness for the local property tax increase proposition, which will be on November's Ballot.

Secondly, we are working to increase public participation in FWISD Board of Trustee May 2021 elections. This group is dedicated to supporting the best leaders for Districts 1, 4, 7, 8 and 9.

Participation in FWISD campaigning and future elections are CRITICAL to the future of Fort Worth, particularly given the ISD’s recent progressive developments, policies and practices.


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