The rainmakers: 11 big donors to education reform in Dallas

Education PACs have played a big role in Dallas ISD school board races over the past several years, and so have individuals. Here are the top 11 people, couples or families who have directly contributed to trustee candidates since 2011:

Garrett and Cecilia Boone, $62,419

Husband-wife philanthropists; he’s the former CEO and co-founder of The Container Store., and together they formed the Boone Family Foundation.

Jorge Baldor, $56,000

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Co-founder of the Latino Center for Leadership Development along with Trustee Miguel Solis (to whose campaign Baldor has contributed $22,500); founder of After8toEducate to help Dallas homeless students.

Tim Byrne, $41,500

CEO and president of Lincoln Property Company, a real estate development company.

Monty Bennett, $41,000

Founder and CEO of Ashford Hospitality Trust, an upscale hotel investor.

Larry Duncan, $36,100

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Former president of Dallas County Schools who resigned in October 2017 amid a bribery scandal.

Harlan Crow, $35,250

Chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings, a real estate development company.

Deedie Rose and family, $22,206

Philanthropists known for their generosity to many different causes, with matriarch Deedie on the board of numerous local organizations, mostly those focused on the arts.

DeMetris Sampson, $21,550

A named partner at debt collection law firm Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, which is also a big donor to DISD board candidates.

Todd and Abigail Williams, $16,250

Husband-wife philanthropists; he’s the founder and CEO of the Commit! Partnership and also Mayor Mike Rawlings’ education advisor, and she’s the executive director of United to Learn.

Albert and Gweneith Black Jr., and Albert C. “Tre’ ” Black III, $15,650

Patriarch Albert Black Jr. founded On-Target Supplies & Logistics; the entrepreneurial family contributes both individually and from their “good government” account.

Mike Morath, $15,600

Now the Texas Education Agency commissioner, the former Dallas ISD trustee contributed to campaigns while he was on the school board.

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