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Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis announces he won’t run again for school board

The 33-year-old served as a teacher, administrator and board member for over a decade

A day before the filing window opens for the upcoming Dallas ISD school board elections, trustee Miguel Solis told The Dallas Morning News that he won’t be running for reelection.

Involved in the district as a teacher, administrator and trustee for more than a decade, Solis has been a stalwart supporter of some of DISD’s controversial and catalyzing reform efforts, such as the district’s teacher evaluation and merit pay system and its campus turnaround program put in place by the previous superintendent, Mike Miles.

Solis, 33, also authored some of DISD’s leading-edge policies, drafting the district’s first early childhood education policy, helping ban on out-of-school suspensions for young students, and drawing the district’s focus on racial equity.

In a statement, Solis said that his last 11 years in DISD had been dedicated to giving all children access to a high-quality education.

“Simply put, my efforts as a teacher, administrator and school board member in our district has provided me the opportunity to do for students what so many did for me,” he wrote.

Despite his youth, Solis is one of the longest-serving members on the current board of trustees. He was elected to the board in a special election in November 2013, at that time the youngest trustee in DISD history.

A Beaumont native, Solis came to Dallas as part of the area’s first Teach For America cohort, drawn to teaching after working on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

After two years as a history teacher at Marsh Middle School, Solis left the district to get a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He then returned to DISD to serve as a special assistant to Miles before resigning from that post to run for the school board.

Solis later served a stint as the board’s president, chosen by fellow members in June 2014.

“When I came to Dallas ISD in 2009, people asked me why I wanted to teach in the district -- did I not know its reputation?” Solis said in his statement. “I chose it because I knew it was full of promise and I wanted to work with others to prove the possibilities. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

In recent years, Solis has increasingly become more involved in civic politics. Last year, he ran for Dallas mayor, finishing fifth in a crowded field by garnering 10.7% of the vote in the May election. In September, he joined the urbanism nonprofit Coalition for a New Dallas as one of its directors.

Solis’ District 8 seat covers a swath of the district from Dallas Love Field to Old East Dallas. It is one of three trustee spots up in the May election. Seats held by Joyce Foreman, who represents southwest Dallas, and Dustin Marshall, representing North Dallas and Lakewood, are up for election. Marshall has said he’s planning to run for another term.

The deadline for filing to run in Dallas ISD is Feb. 14.

Corbett Smith. Education writer (and part-time HS sportswriter) for The Dallas Morning News

corbettsmith@dallasnews.com /DMNEducation @corbettsmithDMN
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