Monthly Archives: July 2012

About That Fifth Year of High School

With a week of school now history, we think we have the big picture on Mike Miles’ big picture strategy and vision. There isn’t one. We have a Dallas ISD cut and paste version of Miles’ vision for Harrison 2

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STAAR EOCs Add a Huge Burden to Already Overburdened Teachers

Teachers and Principals beware, STAAR EOCs (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness End of Course Tests) has added burdensome requirements for you during the 2012-2013 school year. A 2012-13 10th grader could have to take 10 STAAR EOCs,  5

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A Penny for Your Thoughts?

Good morning, good and faithful teachers and staff of the Dallas Independent School District! Today is the big day and all of you will have the opportunity to attend the much anticipated Convocation.  Only VIP’s have been invited, so the

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Apples to…Elephants?

This past weekend, the Austin American Statesman ran an article on charter schools with this thought-provoking title:  “Could other schools learn charter lesson?”   The online version had a more provocative title:  “Can traditional schools learn a lesson from charters’ efficiency?” 

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“Staffing Our Schools” (S.O.S.) – UPDATE

A recent posting detailed the staffing shortages at Dallas ISD campuses with two weeks to opening bell. With just a few days before it leaves the starting gate, how much progress has the district made in filling those vacancies? Let’s

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Foundation for Empowerment (FCE) released 3 papers:

1. Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis In Dallas ISD, which has been prepared with consultation by education academics, extensive research, review of data and education literature, and meetings and interviews with people of Dallas holding varying and sometimes conflicting points of view;

2. Digging Into Data and Evidence: Mike Miles, Dallas ISD, and Trickle-Down Education Report, by Dr. Julian Vasquez Helig, Lindsay Redd, M.A. and Dr. Ruth Vail; and

3. The Challenge of Disruptive Leadership in Dallas ISD, by Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. and Matthew Birkhold, M.A.

"You will see from these papers that, after much research and discussion, we believe the current Superintendent lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

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