Mayor Mike Rawlings: Toyota didn’t move to Dallas because of DISD

Mayor Mike Rawlings: Toyota didn’t move to Dallas because of DISD

By Matthew Haag

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday that Toyota considered moving its national headquarters to the city but decided against it because of Dallas ISD.

In an interview on KERA’s Think, Rawlings said Toyota ultimately decided to relocate to Plano because of the schools in Dallas.

“We don’t get Toyota in Dallas because of the school system. We’ve talked to them. They want to be in Plano,” Rawlings said.

Rawlings said it’s difficult to sell a company on moving to Dallas when it has so many low-performing schools that produce few graduates. He said the schools played a role in 7-Eleven deciding to move its headquarters from Dallas to Irving recently.

“They looked at a lot of things — the location, cost of real estate,” Rawlings said about Toyota. “But they want a school … The 7-Eleven CEO said, ‘I need to be where our families are sending their kids to school,’ and they are not sending them to DISD.”

Toyota declined to comment about what cities the company considered besides Plano. Through a spokesperson, Toyota said it looked at several criteria, including cost of living, access to an airport and educational opportunities. Toyota considered both K-12 schools and higher education, the spokesperson said.

Dallas ISD spokesman Jon Dahlander, however, pointed out that the district has some of the best public high schools in the nation. And DISD is working to improve all of its schools, he said.  Continue reading here.

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/mayor-mike-rawlings-toyota-didnt-move-to-dallas-because-of-disd.html/

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