Monthly Archives: February 2013

Seeing STAAR’s – Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?

State Rep. Gene Wu, out of Houston’s District 137, released a memo to Legislative Members and staff last week that has been making the rounds.  Rep. Wu, who claims that he was “bombarded by complaints from both parents and teachers about

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Dallas ISD and the Accountability Shell Game

There are many buzz words used when discussing education these days, and none are heard more often than accountability, unless it is its sidekick effectiveness. Dallas ISD is on the bandwagon, and at every turn (and at every Open Mike),

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How to Answer a Question with a Paper Plate

Open Mike, the Dallas ISD’s series of community meetings with Superintendent Mike Miles, is beginning to sound more like a broken record than an open discussion. Miles may see these meetings as just another day at work, but the parents

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The ACP Prison Pipeline

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at approximately 5:00 pm, DISD has removed the video of the “Open Mike” at Woodrow from YouTube and made it “Private” so it cannot be viewed by the public…so much for transparency! According

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The Times, They are A’Changin’ – Part 1

Thanks to “Disgruntled” who sits on Miles’s Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC) for the updates to our blog.  Specifically, Disgruntled said the following in the comments section of one of the posts 10 days ago: “We were told that DISD meets 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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