Dallas ISD scheduled a 30 minute public hearing immediately prior to the June 25, 2009 Board Meeting at which the budget was to be adopted. That was it - a 30 minute public hearing in name only and no budget information provided to the public beyond an online summary that revealed very little detailed information.
On the other hand, the City of Dallas has a real process for public participation in the budget development process that includes "community budget forums."
Community Budget Forums - City of Dallas
Residents attending will have an opportunity to give their input on the development of the FY 09/10 proposed budget.
Community Briefing (Updated)