Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Hypocrisy of the So-Called Education Reformers

Michelle Rhee, the infamous edu-reformer who stormed through the halls of DC schools while belittling and firing teachers at will, is such a believer in TFA, charters and public schools in general that she sends her daughter to a pricey

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DISDs Assessment of Course Performance Scores Exposed

DISD parents, be forewarned:  Your child will soon be bringing home a report card with ACP scores on it.  Many of you will need to brace yourselves—even those of you with children in the high-performing magnets. ACP stands for Assessment

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Mother’s Milk Runs Dry

Robbing the state foundation funds intended for high school students in order to pay for full day pre-kindergarten was an idea floated not long ago by one idiot savant trustee who had lately become captivated by the notion of pre-kindergarten

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Dallas ISD Needs 1,000 New Teachers (Maybe More) in 2013-14

Dallas ISD’s Human Capital Management (HCM) department announced in a PowerPoint presentation during the January 10 Board Briefing that they need to hire “over 1,000 teachers for the 2013-2014 school year” and that “Dallas ISD will employ a diverse segment

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Welcome to Dallas, Jerome Oberlton, and Some Good News for You

A warm welcome is in order for James Jerome Oberlton the newly announced Chief of Staff for Dallas ISD with a salary of $185,000. Mr. Oberlton, you’ll be glad to know that the local news editorial board has reset the

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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 [Mike Miles] lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

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Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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Dallas, TX 75204

Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
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Lew Blackburn, 2nd Vice President
District 5
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, 1st Vice President
District 8
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(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan, President
District 7
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North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
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(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
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(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expired Dec 2015
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche
District 3
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(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
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South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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