Monthly Archives: March 2013

Longfellow Academy Pink Slips

On Monday, March 25, 2013, five teachers and one teacher’s assistant at the Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy were notified that they will no longer have a job at the end of the school year. These five teachers are

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What Dallas ISD Needs is Some Bare Ground

“Pig-Pen” is the Peanuts cartoon character that walks around in a constant cloud of dust and dirt. Mike Miles is the Dallas school superintendent that walks the district in a constant cloud of Red Mulch. Even if you don’t read

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What goes around…or, been there, done that.

DISD PRINCIPALS ORDERED TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS January 7, 2007 By KENT FISCHER / The Dallas Morning News Dallas schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has staked his job on transforming DISD into one of the nation’s best urban districts by 2010. Essentially,

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Which Side Are You On?

In 1931 and 1932, Harlan County, Kentucky was the scene of one of the most violent labor disputes in American history. Thousands of coal miners went on strike in response to a 10% pay cut (like the one Dallas ISD

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Don’t You Love the Smell of School Board Campaigns in the Morning? is a web site that touts, well, reading. It lists the books for DISD’s reading program and features a number of “famous” folks (“readers are leaders”) in a photo gallery including hizzoner the mayor Mike Rawlings, DISD Board President Lew Blackburn,

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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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District 2
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District 3
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