Monthly Archives: April 2013

DISD Trustee Morath Speaks with Forked Tongue

You won’t see this headline in the DMN, but this incident from the recent DISD Board of Trustees meeting deserves to be exposed on the front page: DISD Trustee Mike Morath casts the lone vote against the First Amendment rights

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Roosevelt High School: Who is Being Protected from Disruptive Change?

Parents, teachers, taxpayers, and voters will be surprised to learn that, despite serious allegations of ongoing corruption and nepotism, the principal at DISD’s Roosevelt High School is not one of the principals on the infamous Growth Plan list. That’s right:

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A Plethora of Principals

Many in the community have wondered how Dallas ISD plans to replace the 50 or so principals currently slated for nonrenewal, and with 70 principals currently on growth plans, that number will most likely go up. Well, never fear, Human

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This DISD Principal Needs a Growth Plan

There is at least one principal in DISD who appears to be jeopardizing the learning of students. For next year, the principal has reassigned a veteran teacher from one content area to a new, completely unfamiliar and highly specialized content

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DISD Debacle: The Fellows Program

Mike Miles’ Principals Fellows program just blew through $5.1 million dollars and what did we get for it? The kids in my classroom got nothing—not even air-conditioning this week. Thanks, Miles. Thanks, irresponsible Board of Trustees. The 57 or so

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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."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
3700 Ross Avenue, Box 1
Dallas, TX 75204

Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
Email coming soon

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
Term Expires 2017
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan, President
District 7
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
Term Expires 2018
(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
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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