Job descriptionSchool boards are the governing bodies of their school districts. Term is four years.
DutiesSets district goals and priorities
Adopts and reviews district policies
Publish annual educational performance report
Hires and evaluates district superintendent
Adopts district budget and monitors district finances
Approves tax rate
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official expenses.
MeetingsMonthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
District contact informationFaye Daniels
Executive Secretary to the Board
817-814-1921
Norman Robbins (incumbent)Email: norman.robbins@fwisd.org
Michael RyanWebsite: RyanforSchools.com
Facebook: Dr. Michael Ryan for Fort Worth ISD
Email: Dr.MichaelRyanforschoolboard@gmail.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
As a principal, I implemented College- Career centers which led to a 500% increase in student scholarships in its first year. My “Schools within a School” design, which personalized education for each student, gained national recognition as a model for the future of education when it was named a “New American High School” by the U.S. Department of Education.
I have served as an admissions officer for the United States Naval Academy for the past 11 years and the past 4 years as the North Central and North West Texas Area Coordinator of Admissions
I have served the greater Fort Worth community on boards with Boy Scouts, Ballet Concerto, Imagination Celebration, Fort Worth After School Program, T.C.U. Education Alumni council, TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association and the Fort Worth Rodeo and Stock Show Guns and Roses committee.
And I believe my experience as an educator will help improve educational outcomes for every student, keep finances going to the classroom and not the boardroom, and protect taxpayers.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
1. The district suffers from a lack of planning and executing long-term solutions to critical issues. Too many times there is only focus on short-term goals to address the most current crisis. I will work to have the district work with our citizens to develop long-term (10-20 year) solutions to the problems that face our schools.
2. Approving a budget that places the highest priority on classroom funding instead of trickle-down policies from central office administration.
3. Continuing the development of an effective human capital management system that brings the highest quality teachers to FWISD. This means better recruiting practices, a more employee friendly pay scale that keeps high quality teachers in the classroom, and improved training opportunities for staff
3. WHAT SHOULD THE ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT BE IN FORT WORTH SCHOOLS? SHOULD FWISD CONTINUE, AMEND, OR END THE CONTRACT FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS WITH FWPD?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
Our number one job is to keep students safe and law enforcement has a role in our schools. Additionally, we should be looking to adopt successful programs in other parts of the ISD that works with the District Attorney’s office and local law enforcement to provide classes and credits for a career toward criminal justice
4. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
Students are leaving the district for charter schools for perceived inequities, better educational opportunities, or divisive issues that they face is an issue that must be addressed. Our teachers and tech staff turned on a dime a year ago and did everything within their abilities to keep students engaged and growing. We have technology in place for every student to access. Every teacher in every school is working diligently to assist students in their desire to be successful. Disparities have to be addressed in the school, in the community and in the home that maximizes every possible advantage for every student. Schools can assist along with the city in addressing poverty issues of clothing, habitat, and hunger with additional meals, counseling staff and social workers.
5. HOW SHOULD TECHNOLOGY AND VIRTUAL LEARNING BE UTILIZED POST-PANDEMIC? WHAT LESSONS DID WE LEARN FROM THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
The pandemic forced every school to modernize and provide remote learning. Moving forward, virtual instruction can be a great way to keep in touch and provide lessons with students who have to miss in-person learning for illness, family emergencies or community wide civil emergencies. But nothing beats the ability for students to be in the classroom with their classmates and teachers.
6. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON FWISD STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
When we look back, I think we will see the pandemic has a net negative impact on student achievement in the short term. Sometimes, it takes a catalytic event like this to force innovation and break antiquated systems that hold us back from providing the best education or our kids. We need to get students back into the classroom, evaluate each student's educational level, and prepare an individualized plan for remediation if necessary.
7. THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN UNIQUE FOR TEACHERS AS WELL AS STUDENTS. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THIS HAD ON FWISD TEACHERS AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO ADDRESS THEM?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
I’m proud to be endorsed by the United Educators Association. In order to provide the best education for our children, our teachers need to know that we will support them with any issues that may arise.
8. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
Declining enrollment financially affects the entire district. The entire community must address the legislature to have them return to the funding levels pre H.B.72 so the state contributes 60% of the financial requirements instead of 40%. My first priority within the available budget will be to look at saving in the district administration before we lose 1 teaching position or one less dollar going directly to the schools. Too many school buildings are well past their ordinary life span and need to be replaced with buildings that are more energy efficient, have better connectivity, and have a safer design to minimize hazards to students and staff. Benbrook must have a stand-alone high school, not a smaller combined facility that was previously a middle school and not creating a new middle school so the current high school does not have the room needed for a traditional high school. The district must evaluate the planned developments on the far west and southwest side to have elementary building ready as the developments start, not 5-7 years after they are completed. Planning must begin for the Walsh Ranch community so when the development starts on the area inside Fort Worth ISD, the district is ready for those families.
9. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE IMPACTS OF THE FWISD REZONING PLAN? DO YOU SEE ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan
Overall, I would say it has been partially successful in leveling enrollment issues that stem from the district's lack of long-term planning for areas of growth. And, adjustment recommendations would come from input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.
10. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Norman Robbins
Michael Ryan