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

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disruptionParents, 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: Anthony Tovar at Sunset acknowledged that he was put on a Growth Plan, but Leicha Shaver, accused of treating her students to money machines filled with tax dollars and hiring relatives was not on the list of Growth Plan principals.

It defies explanation, especially in light of Miles’ overpaid cabinet and his lip service to transforming DISD.

“Disruptive change” is a favorite phrase of Mike Miles and the reform community members, but it seems to be a phrase they don’t understand because they are either incompetent or corrupt. Or both.

“Selective destruction” would be a more accurate phrase for Miles and the reform community. How else can the omission of a principal accused of misusing of tax dollars be explained when it comes to Miles’ campaign to replace “bad” principals?

If Miles was unaware of the financial goings-on at Roosevelt, then Miles is clearly incompetent and should not be trusted with the children in this district for another day.

If Miles was aware of the financial goings-on, then why did he not move to stop them immediately?

We want to know: how did this happen, who allowed it to continue and who is being protected?

Before we take out a billboard raising these questions so that all voters in Dallas can be made aware of the situation, these questions need to be answered.

It is unlikely that Miles will answer any questions about this; it is more likely that he will hide behind phrases like “personnel matter” to avoid the accountability he and the reform community hold sacred… for everyone else.

But we aren’t going away and we want answers.

(DISDblog has seen a listing of principals allegedly on Growth Plans. The document we viewed did not come from a FOIA request.  We decided not to publish the listing because (1) the document could not be verified as an official DISD document and (2) the document was several weeks old and may contain principals no longer on growth plans and (3)  we did not want to jeopardize the employment prospects of any principal applying for out-of-district positions by publishing such a listing.  We appreciate all information, images, PDFs and documents provided to us and you may do so with complete anonymity on our document upload page.)

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Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Hello? People? Could we stick to the thread here?

Webmaster, could you please start a weekly round-up for other interesting comments to be handled? This blog wonderfully gives us teachers  avoice, and we want to talk --a lot--but we are stepping on threads and losing the points of things....

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Well it finally happened. DISD has seceeded from the union. Look at what they are discussing in Austin today.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB00681I.pdf#navpanes=0

Look carefully. The bill introduces a pilot to get a diploma in three years if you do not plan to go to college. OMG! A worthless diploma that will not count anywhere in the U.S.

Here is the kicker. It only applies to a pilot in a district with more than 150,000 students (Dallas or Houston) and must come from a county with a population of 2.2 million (that is not HISD) and an adjacent county must have more than 600,000. (Tarrant County). Dallas ISD wins.

Look at the last line. The state will pay for prekindergarten full time students at twice the number in the pilot. What is the correlation between a 3 year diploma and prekindergarten.

I am not against a career track but even my father who went to high school in the 1930s had to do 4 years to become a machinist.

The real question is what is the source of this stupidity? Did the BOT approve. It is policy so they should have known. Is Royce West acting on behalf of someone? Is this part of Miles' career readiness plan?

This is the second dumbest state legislation. The first is the Ohio legislature in the 1930s mandating that pi be 3.0 instead of 3.1416... to make calculations easier. This is close.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

https://mydata.dallasisd.org/docs/STAAR2013/2013_STAAR_38_AD1_PERCENT_PASS_DISTRICT_ENG.pdf

A few initial comments:

Notice that the total numbers of students continues to decrease from year to year in almost all categories, except LEP. It appears that more and more are leaving our district.

Also, one might expect somewhat of a gain since this is the second year of the test and everyone has had more time to get used to the new test.  

No one can crow over these results:  We have over 1/3 of our students in 5th grade who cannot pass the reading, math, and science tests, and over 1/3 in 8th grade who cannot pass the math, science, and social studies tests.

These results will predictably worsen next year as the churn and burn of this administration continues. Of course, more families will flee the district and our numbers of students will fall, causing talk of yet more school closures.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Bits from another great article from my hero, Larry Cuban!

"Consider the following:

*Progressive school reformers praise the 19th century one-room school for multi-age grouping, students helping one another learn their lessons, and close connections between school and community; conservative school reformers see the same one-room school house as a place where order and discipline ruled the day and students learned basic skills.

*Technology-driven reformers describe 21st century U.S. public schools as products of a late-19th century industrial age when schools became assembly-line factories and continue to this day to turn out graduates unequipped to enter a post-industrial, knowledge-based economy where jobs require collaboration, problem-solving skills, and creativity.

Both statements about the past are myths. Both derive from reformers-turned-historians with selective memories who seek to advance their current agendas. They create a usable past. And in doing so, they tip-toe around the truth."

http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

All this noise about Paterson will not sink in. Look at MyData, in almost every sub population, 5 th and 8th grade scores increased, especially African Americans in eight grade. The results were so low last year they will run with it even though one third, not one fourth failed this year. Retention due to failing grades means nothing. They just form a committee and pass the kids. The new accountability system advocated by Commissioner Williams basically takes the same 3 hour test and figures out four new ways to extract noise and present it as data . However, they made a huge mistake by releasing the tests this year. They will show obvious shenanigans.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Yeah, where is the BOT? Why are they not backing their boy in public?

"But Miles appears to be trying to win public sentiment alone. No trustee has come to his aid publicly. Some, including Blackburn, support Miles’ more rigorous principal evaluation system but have stopped short of fully endorsing his principal replacement plan. Blackburn decided last month to delay removing the 15 principals until after the May school board election.

One trustee, Bernadette Nutall, who is friends with Price, has been accused of actively working against Miles, although she has denied it. Miles told her in February to stop interfering with principal evaluations at Madison, Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools."

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130429-john-wiley-price-urges-pastors-to-block-superintendent-mike-miles-outreach-to-churches.ece

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

A great article about the hogs (consulting firms) at the public funded trough of school reform! Tons of money slurped up with no appreciable results.

"Cost doesn't spell success for Colorado schools using consultants to improve achievement"

"These schools are sharing $5 billion in federal tax dollars in a massive, three-year rescue effort, but no one nationally is tracking how the money is spent and no one can say whether the influx of cash will end up helping kids.

A Denver Post investigation found one clear winner so far: consultants."

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

pi·ca·dor /ˈpikəˌdôr/ Noun

A bullfighter on horseback who pricks the bull with a lance to weaken it and goad it.

•••••

A metaphor that brightens my day: Most posts on this blog prick and weaken the bull!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Evidently we're not alone...

"SP.E.A.KING Out...What? Scores got worse? HOW is that possible? Hmmm. Let me count

the ways. The District was forced to take on a new initiative for these evaluations, and chose the single least selected model in the State --- Mike Miles “Focal Point”. You’ll remember his mantra “How can schools have outstanding teachers with failing scores?” So, the District took on a new evaluation system based on his mantra that clearly smacks of negativism and “gotcha” for educators. Staff members, without a new contract for a third year, look at this “model” and fear they will never see a salary increase based upon the criteria set by the State. The State has forced innumerable new positions on the District that we cannot afford; Data Manager, Data Leaders, Intervention Specialists, Response to Intervention Teacher, Math Leaders, Literacy Leaders, Climate & Culture Teachers just to name a few. The staff members who fill these positions are either plucked from existing positions or a brought in new, but the positions are in the minds of the great thinkers. In the meantime, we are told that there are still substitutes serving as teachers in classrooms, classrooms, by the way, that are part of the ongoing restructuring pandemic that creates disarray and confusion in Paterson schools where stability is needed. School # 6 has been reorganized three of four years in a row. Need we say more and yet those people will be looked upon as the reasons for lower scores. Insanity has been defined as the performing of the same things over and over and expecting different outcomes. OR maybe it’s just trying to make the schools so bad that they will be sold off to the highest political bidder.

Additionally, the District has this year hired “Replacement Teachers”, people who, by their title, cannot achieve tenure and whose years in position don’t count. In one case, the “teacher” was out on leave for three years ... no permanent staff members hired, just Replacement Teachers hoping, that at some point, they can become Regular teachers and gain seniority.

The kids are ignored as part of the problem. No, not that way, but in terms of the skyrocketing transiency rates. Students moving 2, or 3, or 4 times a year cannot help the fact that they move, but they cannot be expected to be as successful as if they were in one school for the entire year.

And we haven’t even begun to mention DOL’s, or Objectives aligned with the DOL’s, or multiple testing, and grading, and recording of the grades that take hours away from actual instruction. Or how about the Innovation Zone whose Director disappeared from Paterson only to turn up in Englewood. Or how about the discussions about eliminating textbooks, or not allowing kids to take their books home? There’s a lot of problems that create lower test scores in Paterson. Most of the are either ignored by the State, created by the State or “encouraged” by the State. It’s pathetic, but there must not be an over-reaction here. We need some of our new Data Leaders to analyze these scores, then address what are the real problems that need to be addressed."

http://www.patersonea.org/PEA/PEA_NEWS_files/P.E.A.%20News%20for%20January%2017,%202013.pdf

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

On Fox News tonight, a report of a alleged rape at Edison MIddle School after school today.

Check out the news or more info. Another day occurrence for DISD.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

"Nearly a quarter of fifth and eighth grade students in Texas failed the math or reading sections of the STAAR exam this spring, putting them in jeopardy of being denied promotion in the fall. New test results released Monday by the Texas Education Agency indicated that 25 percent of fifth graders failed in math and 23 percent failed the reading section. Among eighth graders, 23 percent failed in math and 16 percent failed in reading."

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/quarter-of-students-in-grades-five-and-eight-fail-staar.html/

Hey, state of Texas: LOSERS! We have MRS. DOLLO and you don't! We have God's gift to education, FMM, and you don't! Watch us soar! Eat our dust! Dallas ISD will show you how it's done. YEE HAW!!!

"BILLY SUE!!! This six pack is empty! Git another one in here NOW!!!"

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

OPR: is the office with the anonymous hotline to report problems? The office that many of our teachers flooded with calls? The office that did NOTHING about gross abuses of DISD policies?

East Dallas
East Dallas

Is the City of  Dallas Police involved in investigating this?  They need to. 

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I am concerned about ORP reporting. A person enters a school illegally at Spruce, a teacher confronts the person and the teacher is reprimanded. It is called loco parentus. The teacher has the right to protect other students.

In this report, FMM brings in new people who are clueless about procedures and pass it down to subordinates who then sign off on the documents to expedite matters and from their perspective unaware of the happenings at Roosevelt. Yes, Shaver violated policy, yes Chernosky and Oakeley violated policy, but why did ORP not interview Milan Sevak, the person who should have signed off? Why did ORP not question Mike Miles on why he created a conflict of interest by placing the head of evaluation over the federal grants they evaluate? Maybe I missed it but why was the head of EIF, Marsha Paige, not interviewed?. According the the report, she requested the change to use funds outside Title I guidelines.

The report makes a big deal out of nepotism when the focus should be on the illegal expenditures.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

All of this goes on, yet the Human Capital (ugh, that corporate jargonish title) Management office spends all their time issuing non-renewal letters to teachers who either have excellent PDAS results, or had not even gotten them yet. The wording and dates offered within the letters is a set-up, encouraging resignations to avoid having a non-renewal on the teachers' records. Teachers who are serving their first year within the district cannot even appeal through the union, because their contracts are probationary. Where is this so-called Core Value of Quality Instruction?! Disruptive change indeed.

maui73
maui73

@Abigail Adams

We've a right under the Freedom of Information Act to see the list if you have it in your possession. Principals on the list ought to be able to explain their actions when they apply to other districts as are teachers who were nonrenewed. We need to see the list before Tuesday when open transfer is over.

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Until someone has enough clout to change this district, it will continue as it has in the past. We can yell, let people know, and complain, but until the DMN, the mayor, the bidness community, Miles (and whomever is up there at the top), and BOT becomes honest with the problem, it WILL go on. It's disgusting!

dallasparent
dallasparent

It is obvious that DISD has been corrupt for a long time.  When those are honest enough to do the right thing or help clean it up, they leave.  What is the consequence for being honest here?  

nepotismreigns
nepotismreigns

This report missed the connection between Mary Roberts and Jordan Roberts. The kinfolk connection is spread throughout the district--look for Woolery, Marks, Collins, Bell.

This is the outcome of refusing to prosecute the pcard thieves. No consequences.

Certifications need to be revoked or these folks will just move to other towns just like we got the guy from Baltimore.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Remembering another paragon of disruptive change riding into the arena on her Case tractor: Yvonne Gonzalez...

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Actually, this hit a nerve with me. How could we would actually destroy careers by making it so difficult to get a real job and never be allowed to enter college or even a technical college. I know, why doesn't the district merge Madison with Lincoln then open Madison as a new 3 year diploma program. We can call it Sacrificial Lamb Academy. That is the mentality we are dealing with here. This better not even make it out of committee.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

The term is not "consultants" but "poverty pimps." People like Kressty the Clown make millions off of guise of improving learning for poor kids.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

Picador is okay, but the one that I like the MOST is the 'Banderilleros". He is the one in the center of the arena with the two sticks yelling at the bull, "Aja toro". The bull inmediately charges him. The banderillero being so professional give one step to the left and as soon as the bull goes by him; the banderillero stabed the bull in its back with the banderillas. That in my book is called COJONES!

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Persona non grata 

This is the story that is the same over and over again in the districts who are using this deeply flawed system.

They must just somehow believe that everyone else is doing it wrong, and that when THEY implement the same program, they are going to get different, and better, results.

Absolutely the definition of insanity, played out multiple times, affecting so many, many lives with destructive results.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

I hope the BOTs get this report from Paterson, showiing that FMM's consultiing group FOCAL Point is providing plans for school districts that LOWER scores, decrease morale, add numerous layers of bureaucracy and leave classroom positions vacant. Sound familiar?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

pig in a poke

Web definitions

Pig-in-a-poke is an idiom that refers to a confidence trick originating in the Late Middle Ages, when meat was scarce but cats were not..

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

"“I’m certainly disappointed,” Parrott said. “Hindsight is everything. It appears we bought a pig in a poke [FMM!] We’ve gone through too much over the last 15 to 20 years. It looks like we’re making strides, and we don’t need things like this.”"

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20121211-miles-largely-dismisses-violations-cited-in-dallas-isd-audit.ece

ILIKEEVIDENCE
ILIKEEVIDENCE

I meant to say that the BOT should review this report.

dallasparent
dallasparent

@Persona non grata So Pearson is determining what our ed. system shoud be.  Before there was a dip in 4th grade reading with TAKS which was not a "repeat test score grade", then the students would make gains in 5th and 6th.   That is because the reading test jumped more than one grade level between 3rd and 4th.  Now, all the sudden these 5th and 8th grade kids aren't at grade level or ready to move ahead?    I think everyone needs to look at rigor.  It's a term that keeps being used, but it means harsh and rigidly severe.   Great!  So the result is numerous amount of kids failing, because they are not thinking rigorously.  How about getting back to  developmental stages of children.  They are not robots.  I'm not one to placate, but the contrary is just as bad or worse.  We'll never meet NCLB goals or others set.  The testing system just allowed the target to move.  Furthermore, we are paying for these tests as tax payers and when they "fail" we pay for that as well.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@E Kim Selim I'm starting to wonder, as well what an OPR investigation actually means. They seem to have no power, except to investigate, they then pass the report along to someone who may or may not act on their investigation.

Hmmmmmmm.... Now we know why things continue on for so long even after someone complains. Unless the DMN or WFAA is asking questions, nothing happens.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

OPR Office of Professional Responsibility, not ORP. A bit of dyslexia.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

The title Human Capital dehumanizes people. At least the word Personnel is related to the word person, while Human Capital speaks of people as if they are movable pieces on a chessboard. Whèn one thinks about it, so does the word Classroom Teaching Unit. People are unts, capital, but not people, which is just the way administrators at 3700 Ross feel about the people who work for thè district. Sac.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@maui73 You'd most likely know by this time if your principal has been non-renewed. Either they are publically fighting it or have resigned for health, family, and/or personal reasons. Also, word is that if the principal is successful and in that school for more than 5 years, they'll also be moved. So if you are looking to get or avoid a certain principal it's a roll of the dice.

blah
blah

@maui73 The blog isn't a governmental body, we have no right to anything from them. However, if you'd like to see it, I'm sure you could request it from Dallas ISD...

East Dallas
East Dallas

Nepotismreigns:

If you recall the P-Card scandal, the report included the name of one of the current Executive Directors,  L. Valadez.  I guess nothing came out of that report?  Letters of reprimand?  

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

@E Kim Selim  "Silence of the Lambs."  Through all of this mess have you heard MM say anything resembling "What is best for the students?"

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Too funny! As soon as I posted I wished I had used banderillas!

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I did the banderilleros this past Saturaday. Area canvasing is a MF when you are anglo in a 110% Hipanic area. I predict District 7 will have a new member.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

The scary scenario? It's all going according to the master plan: implode DISD so that for-profit charters can swoop to the "rescue".

disdblogger
disdblogger moderator

@blah@maui73 

The FOIA, or Freedom of Information Act, is a law that gives you the right to access information from the local, state and federal government or governmental entities like the school district. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.  DISDBlog is not a governmental entity. 

It is often very difficult for the ordinary citizen to obtain timely information from the school district.  We are always willing to share with the public any documents that we may obtain as a result of our (or other’s) FOIA requests. We are also happy to help file those requests on behalf of our blogging community.

 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I'll be carefull with that info. It could be an excuse to close it down.

connect the dots
connect the dots

VALADEZ?  Part of the P-Card scandal?

And which current principals?

Thick as thieves.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Pancho Villa 

I so hope that you are correct.  I have heard that Rafael Narvaez is a good guy and very much committed and in tune with the community.  The reason the DMN didn't pick up on that is because no one there can speak Spanish and so they could not understand him well.

Do you know anything about how Luis Hernandez is doing in District 4?

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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."

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