Black businesses may be getting less than fair share of Dallas ISD contracts

For years, some Dallas ISD black trustees have been skeptical about whether black business leaders have been getting their fair share of contracts from construction bonds.

District administrators assure them again and again that minority and women-owned business enterprises, or MWBEs, are getting their piece of the bond pie.

But a Dallas Morning News review has found that black businesses received just 7 percent, or $90 million, of the work under the last bond program, which totaled $1.35 billion.

That’s compared with 19 percent, or $240 million, for white women and 17 percent, or $212 million, for Hispanics.

Dallas County’s black population is about 22 percent.

Construction at Ann Richards Middle School in Pleasant Grove under the 2008 $1.3 billion bond package. (File Photo/Staff) For years, some Dallas ISD black trustees have been skeptical about whether black business leaders have been getting their fair share of contracts from construction bonds. District administrators assure them again […]

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