Updated Sunday, June 28, 2020
District-wide Democratic run-off voters, plus non-runoff voters with perfect Democratic primary vote history need to read -- and all March 3 Democratic primary voters need to see on the go -- Smears and lies are politics as usual in the time of Trump. This time, the out-of-state special interests are lying about Colonel Kim Olson’s work at the Dallas ISD because they know Kim is the best candidate to stand up to Trump and focus on what matters to ordinary Texans.
Candace Valenzuela's ad intentionally misstates Kim Olson’s record, accusing her of budget mismanagement resulting in the firing of hundreds of teachers. This is patently false: first, at no point did Olson have authority over spending or budget reconciliation. She simply managed the compensation budget approved by the Board. Second, the drafting of the budget in question occurred prior to her arrival at DISD and stemmed from the 2006-2007 fiscal year, as stated in a subsequent audit by Deloitte. Even as Olson was put in the difficult position of reacting to the shortfall, she and her staff consistently put teachers first, finding new jobs for those who were let go and salvaging hundreds of other positions.
As a former School Board member herself, Candace Valenzuela knows full well the budgeting process for a school district and knows that she is leveling these attacks in bad faith.
If you see Candace Valenzuela's ad, here are the facts:
1) The Dallas Observer reported the financial crisis at DISD “truly is not the fault of Olson.” [Dallas Observer, 11/27/2008]
2) The financial crisis at the school district began before Olson was hired at DISD. [Dallas Morning News, 12/19/2007]
3) When she discovered the problem, Olson warned the superintendent of the Dallas ISD about its looming financial crisis. [Dallas Morning News, 5/26/2010]
View Candace's ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufa8HVFx5zw&feature=youtu.be
"The financial crisis at DISD was “not the fault of Olson.” — The Dallas Observer, 11/27/2008
“In reality, the shortfall was years in the making before Olson arrived and she had little if any say over how the district balanced the budget after the shortfall was identified. [Dallas Morning News, 06/28/2020]
Dale Kaiser, President of NEA-Dallas, 2003-2010:
“Candace Valenzuela's attacks against Kim are patently false. I was there during the fiscal crisis and saw Kim work day and night to make sure teachers and staff who were laid off had new jobs. Throughout the process Kim was a champion of teachers and unions, whom she treated with the utmost respect. There's no question that Kim's efforts saved hundreds of jobs.”
Jon Dahlander, the DISD spokesperson at the time was quoted in the Dallas Observer regarding Olson’s tenure at DISD:
"Kim Olson arrived in August 2007. The spring and summer of 2007 (prior to her arrival) was the period when the additional teachers were hired to reduce class-sizes and create collaborative planning time for secondary teachers. She was not 'the person who approved all the unfunded teacher hirings that supposedly put Dallas schools in the worst fiscal crisis ever.'”
Dr. Derrell Coleman, JD, Chief of Staff at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD:
“As the Chief of Staff of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Human Resources department, I know intimately the demands placed on HR. We are responsible for the careers of teachers and staff on issues such as recruiting, hiring, training and enforcing district policies. It’s a tough job where you must manage people and processes with precision and compassion. Kim did that to the utmost degree as head of HR at DISD.”
And now the Dallas Morning News has set the record straight:
“In reality, the shortfall was years in the making before Olson arrived and she had little if any say over how the district balanced the budget after the shortfall was identified. Setting the budget is largely the work of the district’s superintendent and school board. In most school districts the budget is largely used to pay teachers and administrators, meaning it’s usually the only way a district can close a multi-million dollar gap "
[Dallas Morning News, 06/28/2020]
District-wide Democratic run-off voters, plus non-runoff voters with perfect Democratic primary vote history need to read -- and all March 3 Democratic primary voters need to see on the go -- that leading progressive veterans organizations have vetted Kim Olson and believe she is the only candidate with the proven experience, leadership skills and strength to take on Donald Trump and deliver on our values. Among the first women to command an operational flying squadron, Kim broke barriers that allowed more women to lead. Serving on the frontlines in Iraq, Kim learned first-hand what happens when politicians ignore the experts and fail to lead. Getting beyond the coronavirus crisis will take battle-tested leaders. Colonel Kim Olson has led through chaotic situations and is strong enough to stand up to Donald Trump and the Republicans in Washington.
With Donald Trump trying to destroy Obamacare during a global pandemic, Kim will stand up to Trump to protect our care and expand access to affordable healthcare, ensure the Coronavirus recovery puts people first, and rebuild Texas’ economy so it works for everyone.
After retiring as a full-bird Colonel, Kim returned home to find women veterans facing challenges from combat trauma. Colonel Olson’s new mission was leading Grace After Fire, a non-profit that helped these heroes get back on their feet.
Kim has been endorsed by the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
The Dallas Morning News says “"Olson exudes the leadership required to find bipartisan solutions to chip away at the country’s most pressing problems.”
The Fort Worth Star Telegram says Kim is “the party’s best bet to capture a seat long held by Republican Kenny Marchant.”
From the Dallas Morning News endorsement [1/29/20]: "Olson exudes the leadership required to find bipartisan solutions to chip away at the country’s most pressing problems... Democrats have a chance to elect a leader who can find allies in Washington and offer a unifying style of leadership."
From the Fort Worth Star Telegram endorsement [2/10/20]: "We recommend voters go with Olson, whose military service and good showing as a statewide candidate in 2018 indicate she’s the party’s best bet to capture a seat long held by Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant."
Kim Olson helped create Grace After Fire, a non-profit that took on the Veteran’s Administration and state government to get women veterans and their families the care they deserve. Under Kim’s leadership, Grace after fire helped Thousands of women veterans get back on their feet after returning from combat.
Kim understands the challenges families face. With the coronavirus pandemic exposing the failure of Donald Trump and Washington politicians, we need Kim’s leadership to solve problems and prioritize what’s important:
Expanding access to affordable health care by Strengthening Obamacare and stopping Donald Trump and Republicans who want to take away health care from 1.7 million Texans, and allow insurance companies to discriminate against People with pre-existing conditions.
Ensuring the Coronavirus recovery effort puts people first, prioritizes health and safety, and focuses on economic security for regular Texans.
Rebuilding the economy so working people get ahead, and ensure economic assistance goes to those who have lost their jobs, not big corporations.
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