How diverse is the Richardson School District?


Last week, Dallas Morning News Columnist Sharon Grigsby reported on why Karen Clardy resigned from the Richardson ISD board in September: She disagreed with what she saw as the lack of support from her fellow directors for the Superintendent Jeannie Stone.

“I wasn’t going to be on the board that got rid of Dr Jeannie Stone,” Clardy told Grigsby after the RISD board approved a voluntary separation agreement with Stone. “They just made a huge mistake.”

Richardson is the state’s fourth most diverse district, reports Grigsby, with its estimated student population of 39% Hispanic, 29% White, 22% Black, and 7% Asian.

Of the nearly 40,000 students, 60% live in Dallas and nearly 57% are economically disadvantaged, compounding the challenges teachers across the country face.

“Teachers are forced to push their students forward as if there are no shortcomings – and academic shortcomings are not even as serious as socio-emotional shortcomings,” Grigsby writes in his Clardy column. , who said she feared Stone would be forced to leave sends a scary message.

Karen Clardy, former chairman of the board of Richardson ISD, spoke for the first time since her resignation in an interview on Saturday: “I was not going to be on the board that got rid of Dr. Jeannie Stone. “(Stewart F. House / Special Contributor)
Assistant principal Catherine Bennett, left, and principal Kristin Strickland squirted disinfectant on students' hands as they arrived for the first day of school at Arapaho Classical Magnet in the Richardson School District in August.  Richardson ISD has seen some of the ugliest fights in North Texas over his tenure as a mask.
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