Scarlet Letter

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scarlet-letterApparently, according to a recent article by the DMN’s Matthew Haag, 68 Dallas ISD principals have been placed on “growth plans” this year, a euphemism for ”not toeing the party line.” Haag says that most were guilty of not performing the required number of spot observations or not admitting they had some bad apples in the teaching staff and placing them in growth plan purgatory. Haag’s information leads him to state that 30-40 principals from this group plus 10-15 others being “forced out for various reasons” makes a total of 40-50 principals that will not return next year, and this total may not include principals that choose to leave without being asked.

The ever present commenter and former teacher Bill Betzen asks in the comments to the article where he can find the academic indicators and drop out data that surely must be behind the decisions to non- renew these educators. Bill, not only is the data not there, it’s not important. Data did not drive these decisions. Test scores aren’t in, heck, testing hasn’t even been completed. Even though graduation rates have been rising, according to district news releases, the first class to graduate under Miles’ leadership has yet to walk a stage.

This is all about compliance. Do it Miles’ way or hit the road. Which leads to the question: should a principal packing their bags and cleaning out their desk wear a scarlet letter or a badge of courage?

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Sadteacher
Sadteacher

It should be made public what principals are on growth plan NOW!!

This principal at this school is giving 'Proficient' accross the board without making any 'Comments' on weaknesses and strengths. She just fill in the bubbles under 'Prificient'.  The teachers had no feed back on how to improve nor how to feel proud of... Either this principal lacks the 'brains' to make comments on this or is just a lazy principal who don't care about his/her staff.

Waiting for  Belo
Waiting for Belo

Who in their right mind would ever come to DISD to teach? Replacing these teachers in a time where there is a teacheer drought already with Baby-boomers retiring and fewer going into teaching as a career (and who could blame them with the working conditions) is going to be next to impossible.  Thanks to the current members of BoT save Micciche and Jones, Mayor  Rawlings, Belo, Wendy and the unemployed boys, Arne, and the greed of the business community.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Michael MacNaughton  If they are leaving 12% of federal money on the table, doesn't it  have to be returned if it is unspent?  I also didn't understand your second sentence. How much Title I funding does a large elementary school receive yearly, for example? Is the funding enough to pay for 2 Instructional Coaches?

 A more important question is how is FMM allowed to dictate to principals HOW they use Title I funding? Is there anything that principals get to decide for themselves or is it all dictated by downtown?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

It seems to me that some of this "non-renewal" at all levels is to cut CTUs to make way for Instructional Coaches. There is usually not enough Title I money at each campus or at many campuses to pay for several ICs at $ 60,000+ a pop, so cutting teachers is the way to do it. Thus, teachers per building will be decreased and class sizes will be increased AGAIN, all to make way for Instructional Coaches.It is strange that the BOT hasn't questioned why more ICs will work this time, when they haven't worked in the past. Where is the DATA to show the efficacy of ICs? These people are assigned NO students but are just a layer of so called "specialists" ( another non-teaching layer of bureaucracy) whose charge is to aid teachers (and report to FMM). If they are such proven, high-performing teachers now ( doubtful), wouldn't it be extremely damaging to scores to remove them from the classrooms where they are so effective? Oh, that's right; I keep forgetting; this is not about learning: it's about FMM's having absolute control over HOW teachers DOL and MRS, another unproven idea of our Great Leader.The fact that principals are being forced to use their Title I and CTU money for ICs is another totalitarian move by FMM. When will people say ENOUGH?

manyeyes
manyeyes

Reprinted from DMN http://live.dallasnews.com/Event/Talk_DISD 4/11/13, Comments:
Two of my fellow teachers and I were informed Monday that we were being assigned as Excess Chapter 21 employees because we are not bilingual certified. All three of us are ESL certified, and all three of us teach subjects which have never had bilingual requirements before (multi-grade science lab for me, math for my colleagues).

Remaining faculty was told Wednesday that ESL certified teachers will be first to be considered for contract non-renewal.

Where else in DISD is this happening? When did the MLEP department get so much power? And why are we continuing to hand-hold our Spanish-speaking students all throughout elementary school? When they move up to middle school, the bilingual band-aid will be ripped away, and these kids are going to flounder and eventually drop out entirely."

byNot Bilingual1:19 PM yesterday 

-I echo the sentiment of the teacher above, as well, as I am watching what the bi-lingual band-aid costs these students.  It is not going too far to say that the bilingual program in Dallas is impeding the students progress in English to the point where it damages and disrupts their educations beyond what middle school teachers can begin to cope with.  Middle Schools are not designed to truly differentiate and scaffold enough to deal with a reasonable range or special ed, let alone this avalanche of non-readers.    Does this not seem discriminatory to anyone else?  Both teachers and students are being sold down the river here. 

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

It is difficult to tell how many teachers have not "been renewed".  Unbelievable that the IB person has not been renewed.  Most are experienced and high paid.  There are some teachers of electives who encourage and help students meet the grad. requirements.  Some of the students at Woodrow come from a very difficult background.  Appears that the administration wants to get rid of those "difficult" students.  Where should they go???  MM has no idea of the difficulties faced by DISD students!  Woodrow is still living with scores from 2 years ago.


Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

I just listened to former DISD trustee Ron Price address the DISD board at the board briefing concerning the non-renewal of principals.  He said several interesting things:

1)  He called Marian Willard the "Joe Clark" of female principals and reminded the board that she had agreed to take on over 400 students from Spruce HS when it was closed due to low performance.  Madison was only one point away from being recognized after that because she had done such a good job in overseeing the education of those additional children.

2)   He said he is in contact with many of our state senators and was just on a conference call with several of them. They are concerned as well about what is happening in DISD and asked him about the evaluations of the principals.  They understand that 40% of the evaluation is supposed to be from student test scores, and they wanted to know if that meant last years' test scores, or the test scores from this year which HAVEN'T COME IN YET.

3)  He reminded the trustees that "a lot of people are watching this."

4)  He said that Arne Duncan, now the US Secretary of Education, called Marian Willard for advice when he was the superintendent of schools in Chicago.

5)  He ended by saying that he was not advocating for anyone's job in particular, but that he just wants to be sure that the process is FAIR. 

Thank you, Ron Price, for your remarks to the board and for taking the time to speak out.

SenateLoser
SenateLoser

It’s not rocket science Blackburn! This clearly shows that the BOT & Miles are not on the same page.

It’s election time, that is exactly what Blackburn is suppose to do. He is a two-faced liar who is trying to get a vote. By postponing the decision on principal’s non-renewals status so the overpaid cabinet members can review data is big sign that something’s gone wrong:

L A W S U I T S!

I hope every principal who is being non-renew sues Dallas ISD simply because testing is not even over yet. If memory serves me correctly, the principals’ evaluations includes students’ test scores. It’s like pronouncing a person dead before checking the vital signs. That person still has a pulse.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Carla Ranger makes it clear that the delay in the principal review was made by Blackburn ALONE (legally). The DMN reported it was a BOT decision.

"The Dallas ISD Board did not make this decision. It was made by Board President Lew Blackburn as authorized by Board policy BE (LOCAL)."http://carlaranger.blogspot.com/?m=1

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Hey, DMN! What does your editorial board think of the trustee recall bill?

"Trustee recall: Marquez bill has merit

El Paso Times Editorial Board

Posted: 04/03/2013 12:00:00 AM MDT

There is merit to state Rep. Marisa Marquez' legislation that would allow the recall of school-board trustees.

The Democrat from El Paso said she will also try to introduce an amendment to the Texas Constitution that trustees be required to get 50 percent of the vote. Presently, the top vote-getter, no matter the percentage, takes office.

We see good reason for Marquez' actions. School trustees oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in budget money, sometimes more money than their entire city's operating budget. And there is a method by which other elected officials can be recalled. Why not school-board trustees?"

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_22927559/trustee-recall

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

On the DMN blog someone said ALL teachers at Pearl C. Anderson were non-renewed on Monday. Don't know if this is true, but I'm just reporting.

DOL doo doo
DOL doo doo

 I don’t get it. Maybe it’s just me.

On the Dallas ISD “Same Page” newsletter email today at about 4:52 pm, FMM says “A student is college ready if he is able to enroll in college-level courses without having to take remedial courses and has a high probability of completing college once he starts.

Well lets take a look at the DATA for one of his schools in Harrison District 2 (2012):

68% Sierra High School graduates, who went to college in Colorado, needed to re-take high school-level courses (remediation rate). http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=7882H

Who does he think he is fooling besides the BOT?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

I've heard rumors of teachers retaining attorneys. Hope (not really) the district has a healthy line item in their budget for legal fees. How sweet would it be for a few teachers to take FMM and the BOT (8-1) to the mat in court?!

Nancy Nance
Nancy Nance

I certainly feel for the principals. These are most assuredly those princpals that don't cower and cave in to the ridiculous whims of an unqualified superintindent.  As a teacner in the same predicament,  I applaud those principals who have the fortitude to stand up to Miles and not follow his cult-like mentality. My principal threw me and several other teachers under the Mike Miles bus by deliberately targeting specific teachers for non-renewal and conducting an insane amount of frequently deragatory spot observations. I am saddest of all for the students. They are being deprived of the experience of seasoned professional principals and teachers. Mr Miles is a plague on our district.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

Interesting opinion over at Belo Expectations by Jim Mitchell http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/is-the-dallas-school-board-assessing-performance-of-principals-or-avoiding-an-election-backlash.html/

I agree that this is mostly politics, but perhaps in this case, the political edge will actually prove helpful.  Lew Blackburn stated that: "The new evaluation system for principals has two parts: 60% based on management performance, and 40% based on student achievement. "  http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/dallas-isd-school-boards-decision-to-non-renew-principals-delayed-to-may.html/

Has the board perhaps finally looked at the academic schedule and realized that these non-renewal decisions were made before any measurement of student achievement, which is supposed to comprise 40% of the principal evaluation?   Have they finally realized that the administration is NOT following the principal evaluation rubric which they just passed, at the recommendation of the administration? 

The administration is trying to pull a fast one on the trustees and the public, and is disguising their dishonest methods by declaring this is all in the name of those high gods, Accountability and Reform.  If they were really such wonderful gods, they would not have to be pushed forward through deceit. 

DISD Teach
DISD Teach

I don't think anyone would disagree that there are always in every job some who do not carry their portion of the load.  We're all degreed profressionals, so we can understand that.  I would even say there may be some teachers and even principals that have become too comfortable in their positions.  But, those numbers I want to believe are small.  Not in the area of hundreds of teachers and 50 or so principals.  This is ridiculous!  We are in a reults driven profession and the results aren't in, so no decisions should really be made on that basis.  Those on growth plans should be afforded the time to correct the things they were put on a growth plan for.  That makes sense, doesn't it?  It would seem that even the worst should be given a year to correct issues according to MM.  Who knows, maybe he'll be gone by then.

Roxanne Paypascissors
Roxanne Paypascissors

One glaring problem with the new evaluation system is that the public is being told that it's designed to "help" teachers and administers.  It's real purpose is to facilitate the collection of evidence against teachers and administrators to facilitate mass firings.  Miles already knew that he was going to purge around 60 principals, because he had around that number for his principals academy.  He, in fact, said as much when he introduced them to the existing principals at the beginning of the year. "Look at the person in front of you.  Look at the person to your left.  Look at the person to your right... etc.  One of those people won't be here next year..."  Administrators enter our classrooms to find something wrong and write it down on the form.  The form forces them to list an area of concern.  They don't have the option of finding nothing wrong during a spot check.  During the last spot check I received, the principal even wrote the wrong subject at the top of the form, since I teach multiple subjects.  The correct subject was written above the objective and DOL on the board, but I'm going to say nothing to her about it until the eventuality that it may be used as part of the evidence against me.  The point is that the spot observations are being done so fast (due to time constraints) that the administrators aren't even paying attention to what subject they're observing!  The DMN is being lead down primrose path and they aren't doing their research... at all.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

HR finally made it to Woodrow .Two of my friend's son's favorite teachers are gone.  Older, higher pay, and more experience??  Many others are gone too.  The seniors are glad that they will be done with the nonsense. So are the parents!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

...thinking about how our friends in Colorado Springs are holding their sides laughing if they are following this melodrama...we've got multiple villains, teachers being tied to railroad tracks with the train approaching, but it's too soon in the show for the brave hero to come to the rescue...

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Lew...Lew...Lew...oh, my...didn't you read the DMN editorial? NOW is the time for the bungling BOT (8-1) to SUPPORT FMM! You're gonna get it now from the DMN...no, wait...

Maybe this delay is OK because it falls under the DMN recommended reset button pushing.

Never mind. Carry on.

rearview
rearview

The one at Conrad needed to go.....I suffered  her last year.  The woman is crazy.  Don't know about the BA principal. 

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

Does anybody have a list or have heard anything new.  I found out the Principal at Bryan Adams resigned as did the one at Conrad. . .both effective at the end of the year.

Slow news
Slow news

@Book Fairy "They also need to be willing to model a lesson when called upon." Really? Who among the principals would want to put themselves in an uncompromising situation and humiliate themselves? I guarantee you, some principals don't have a clue on writing lesson plans, and DOL's and MRS. Much so to require them to do model lesson and be criticized for doing a lousy job in the classroom. In my entire years as a teacher, I have not seen my principal model a lesson or even deliver a professional development worth of my time.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

DISD principals leave 12% of the total title I funds unspent every year. The money is there...however spend it on reading coaches or counselors for the kids.

DISD Teach
DISD Teach

@manyeyes That is horrible on a couple levels.  First, the non-renewal of good teachers.  I still can't grasp the concept of firing teachers for next year when we didn't have enough for this year.  And, if replacements are interns or in their first year so Miles can get them cheap, how could you possibly expect scores or achievement to go up?  MRS DOLLO won't get the job done alone.  Teachers teach.  Sorry to hear that you and your collegues have lost their positions.  Miles is destroying thousands of lives with the hundreds of nonrenewals.

Secondly, the injustice to ESL kids has been an ongoing issue in many districts.  I'm not sure what the answer is, but I would tend to lead to a total immersion theory.  I'm sure if I go to live in a foreign country they won't cater to me.  Imagine if the band-aid was ripped off in middle school, then they weren't left behind, by the time they reach high school they'll need king size gauze and ACE bandages.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Woodrow Alum 

How will Woodrow be able to continue their much celebrated IB program without a coordinator?  Everyone knew during the development of the program that it would be expensive.  I thought that was why the Woodrow parents raised all that money.  What will happen to the program now?   And will further budget cuts be made to the program?  

Where are the parents on this?  They should be tearing their trustee apart over this. If they are not, then maybe they deserve to lose the program.  IB requires involved parents. If the parents aren't involved enough to fight for their program, then it will die.  So sad for the many children who would really benefit from that great program.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@SenateLoser

You are correct- I quoted earlier from Lew himself that student achievement is 40% of the principals' evaluation:

"  Lew Blackburn stated that: "The new evaluation system for principals has two parts: 60% based on management performance, and 40% based on student achievement. "  http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/dallas-isd-school-boards-decision-to-non-renew-principals-delayed-to-may.html/

Has the board perhaps finally looked at the academic schedule and realized that these non-renewal decisions were made before any measurement of student achievement, which is supposed to comprise 40% of the principal evaluation?   Have they finally realized that the administration is NOT following the principal evaluation rubric which they just passed, at the recommendation of the administration? "

Release the Toxins
Release the Toxins

@retiredteacher This is very likely the case because when the other schools were closed and consolidated, the staff and faculty were non-renewed then too. Basically, the faculty and staff will have to locate other jobs in the district...or elsewhere...

yepper
yepper

@retiredteacher 

How can they all be non-renewed when those kids will be  moved to other schools next year? Why didn't their teachers move with them?

Hope this is not the case.

yepper
yepper

@Eyes on U 

Apparently he also fools the business community and the entirety of Belo daily. We have stated and restated the fact this Sierra flatlined years ago and his programs did nothing but upset teachers, parents, and the community. His program was totally ineffective. The man is a fraud.

Say it loud and say it proud. Miles is a fraud.

Harrison High School had 78% of students in remedial courses in college.

So why is this man here? He is a charlatan, a scam artist, a flake politician, a sociopath, but he has 5 votes of people too uncaring to fire his sorry self.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Woodrow Alum I too have a senior at Woodrow and I'll be thankful when this year comes to a close.  After losing their wonderful IB coordinator (who was forced to resign), I wondered what teachers would leave.  Their are some outstanding teachers there and I hate to see all this.  I teach at another DISD HS and have witnessed some crazy s*** this year. 

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Woodrow Alum 

How many total are gone at Woodrow and did they resign or did they receive letters of "intent to non-renew?"

How many teachers total at Woodrow- what percentage will be gone?

Will the parents of the remaining students just roll over and let this happen to their children?

COteacher
COteacher

@Persona non grata Nope, not laughing. We feel your pain and wish there was a way to help you all with the nightmare you're living. Hang in there.


Persona non grata
Persona non grata

....delayed to a date in May AFTER the election by any chance?

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Slow news  @Book Fairy I never saw a principal do that in Dallas. I'm out of the district now and I DID see my principal step up a couple of months ago on a day with high absentees and he stood in the door of the class and greeted students and then went in and TAUGHT them until the sub arrived.  He could have sent someone to babysit the class, but he chose to come teach the class.  Kind of mindboggling isn't it? 

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@DISD Teach @manyeyes 

Interesting you would say that about "total immersion theory."  In Irving, right next door, there is currently a divide in the school board regarding that very question.  Apparently, after the election, the majority on the board will push for immersion rather than bilingual.  It will be informative to see how they format their program to abide by federal regulations and to be effective.  The Mi Esquelita preschool program in Dallas is well known for its extremely successful immersion program.  It can be done, with the right people, program, and resources, which DISD doesn't seem to be able to understand.  

The Gomez and Gomez dual language program is reported to work well IF implemented correctly.  It is almost NEVER implemented correctly in DISD.  What seems to be happening is that all the non-Spanish speaking children are learning Spanish and their parents are delighted.  However, I doubt that they could be considered fluent in Spanish- enough to master the rest of their schooling in Spanish.  The non-English speakers are learning very little English, and are in most cases not fluent to master the rest of their schooling in English, which they have to do.  They do not have the option that the English speakers have, that of just knowing a little of the second language but not having to spend the rest of their educational careers in that second language.

The majority of parents of the English speaking children who are learning some Spanish do not seem to care about the adverse affects of this program on the lives of the Spanish speaking children.  

manyeyes
manyeyes

@Disrupted DISD @Woodrow Alum Woodrow parents have been told by the PTA president that there are plans in the works to replace the IB coordinator.  In Lakewood, the powers that be have their ways of getting things done.  I was surprised by the tone of the letter, in that it showed not one iota of regret or concern re:  Dr. Scherler.  Maybe surprised is too strong a word.   

And yes, there are many good students at Woodrow who have difficulties in school and beyond, and it's an interesting problem:  The bilingual ed program in elementary produces droves of students who are not reading at the 6th-grade level by the time they enter Woodrow, and J. L. Long sits there in between, funneling resources to IB and sweeping the language problems under the rug.  Lipstick on a pig.

Of all the measures of principal success that have been promoted, can we squeeze on in that says "cares about whether all our students can read, and works to make that happen"?  Because that is not the case here.   And the teachers who are the healthiest advocates for students are being cut.  They do care, and work to help students grow as people and close the real gap between literacy and illiteracy, never mind the standardized tests.  

As for Dr. Scherler's resignation:  Teachers who opt to non-renew, even though it may be as a result of Title I reallocations or ESL cuts, lose significantly:  Non-renewals preserve their rights to a hearing, and their rights to apply for unemployment benefits, but they are listed forever as terminated involuntarily.  Fired, in other words, with no documentation available to clarify for a prospective employer.    Opting for non-renewal is spitting into the wind, unless you have the money, time, and will to mount a fight.

Those who resign, on the other hand, lose their rights but on paper they look like they voluntarily separated from their employment.   This, of course, is not the case, but it is a strong incentive to roll over and resign.  It is demoralizing to think of putting all these years and hard work in only to be listed as unceremoniously canned...  For all the jury-rigging that goes on around here, you'd think the employees would have the option to have something on their record that is closer to the truth.    

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Release the Toxins I would imagine that under this superintendent they'll not find jobs in district. This is one of. the major problems with being connected with a low-performing school: it brands everyone at the school as failures. This is part and parcel of the blame game that is integral to the Reform Movement.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@CMF @Woodrow Alum

I thought Woodrow was really proud of their new IB program.  Why in the world would they force their IB coordinator to resign?  It took a lot of effort from many people to get that program started.  

Would you explain what happened? This is very concerning.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@CMF @Woodrow Alum 

I thought Woodrow was really proud of their new IB program.  Why in the world would they force their IB coordinator to resign?  It took a lot of effort from many people to get that program started.  

Can you explain what happened? This is very concerning for.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Disrupted DISD @Woodrow Alum I would also like to know the facts about the teachers at Woodrow and the letters.  How many?  I think the principal LOVES TFA!   At my HS about 6 teachers received those letters last Friday, so sad.

Any news on the BA principal would be appreciated.

Fix DISD
Fix DISD

@Persona non grataWhy the delay? Why not handle it last night Lackluster Lew? Is the BOT voting on drilling on school athletic fields? Of course not, but I bet you are praying you can play the vote for me card and I will save your principal, only to save your own hide, because you have NO principles.

It must be rough, continuing in these modern day Faustian bargains where you give up your soul to be chained to big business Lackluster Lew. Coward Cowan, is that footsteps you hear? Maybe it's all the Hispanic citizens in your District who you have isolated by ignoring the needs of their children while skipping all those "burrito breakfasts" you detest. As for Nitwit Nancy, not sure what to do for you. I would say most days it looks like you have had a stroke and are just sitting there waiting to vote as instructed by the nurse aide who keeps you appearances up, but that would be insulting to people who have had a catastrophic medical emergency and your only emergency is the absolute apathy that pours out of you.

Nice move BOT, keep hiding, hoping the voters dont get you, but we all know who and what you are and one day you find the light, just like Bernadette seems to be as Mike Miles is willing to not only demean his staff, but his Board as well. Maybe he doesn't realize the BOT is his boss, well, if you exclude Todd Williams and the business community pulling Miles' strings.

disgruntled
disgruntled

I think you are spot on about the implementation of the Gomez and Gomez program. Too often I encounter students who have had multiple years of bilingual instruction and function at a level that is slightly higher than a new arrival who speaks no English.

From my experience, the kids become over reliant on "translator buddies".

I've had multiple parents tell me that they voiced concerns about their students inability to speak English to bilingual teachers and were told not to worry because their kids would "just get it with time".

S54 Time
S54 Time

@manyeyes @Woodrow Alum I know for a fact that Dr. Scherler has a college professor position waiting for her out of state  this fall.  She will most certainly take her amazing connections with her and leave the IB program without a fearless leader and community liaison.  DISD did her dirty.  There are plenty of involved parents at Woodrow who will press on to keep the IB program going, but who knows, this district makes no sense and I've pondered that when it does someday, (and I stress someday),  I will have to be admitted somewhere. 

On a side note, attended the TAG annual talent show last night, my son goes there,  it was so uplifting to be in a crowd of amazing students and faculty.  They chanted in support of their principal who resigns June 28. 

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Disrupted DISD @CMF @Woodrow Alum The district eliminated all program director positions and the IB coordinator at Woodrow was one.  She was not only told her position was going, but she was then forced to resign.  I believe that the IB program has to have a coordinator as part of the requirements, but who will fill this now?  Woodrow is proud of their IB program and it's a great recruiting tool.  My senior daughter was in solid AP classes, so I can't comment on the IB as a parent.  I just get the feeling some great people there are fed up.  I have nothing but good things to say as a Woodrow parent, but I would bet all of us with seniors are glad to see this year end.  As a teacher too, I am counting the days.............

Little Red Hen
Little Red Hen

@Disrupted DISD @CMF @Woodrow Alum I am betting the IB coordinator was paid for with Title I funds, a campus decision. Now that Miles is usurping a portion of everyone's Title I monies to pay for Compliance Coaches, many campuses will have to make the hard call of which Title I funded position they must let go.  I was told that at one time Hillcrest's AP coordinator was Title I funded. Wonder if she's on the chopping block. Too bad.

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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."

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

Superintendent Mike Miles
milesfm@dallasisd.org

Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
Term Expires 2016
lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
Term Expires 2014
miguelsolis@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
Term Expires 2016
ecowan@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
Term Expires 2016
nbingham@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
Term Expires 2015
elizabethjones@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2014
mmorath@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
Term Expires 2015
danmicciche@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

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

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2015
benutall@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833