Mike Miles and John Wiley Price: Kissin’ Cousins

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kissin-cousinsMany people seem to have taken an interest in Dallas ISD of late. There have been multiple editorials, op-eds, and columns in the illustrious Dallas Morning News telling us all how things need to be done. Mayor Mike Rawlings injected himself in the middle as well, from endorsing specific education PAC’s and DISD trustee candidates to going so far as pledging “to lay out a more comprehensive strategy for Dallas schools.” He may have a bit of trouble finding the part in DISD policy which addresses the role of the mayor in laying out strategy for the schools, because it is not there.

Recently, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, always a controversial figure, came out swinging against Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles. He was quite direct in his criticism, saying, “I wish he was gone yesterday.” Price voiced concern over the treatment of principals and said they needed adequate resources before being judged. Price spoke at recent DISD board meetings and wrote a letter to 75 Dallas pastors to urge them to not welcome Miles to speak at their churches. He encouraged them to instead support their many members who are DISD employees suffering under Miles’ treatment of them.

What followed has been comical. The Dallas Morning News, that shining bastion of ethical standards, came out with sharp criticism, accusing John Wiley Price of “meddling.” The editorial began by saying, “If Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price looked at his business card, he’d notice that it doesn’t say Dallas school superintendent.” They did not mention that Mayor Rawlings’ business card does not say Dallas school superintendent, either. The editors stated that Price “doesn’t have a right to try to wall off communication between the superintendent and parents and district taxpayers.”

For those who are familiar with Miles’ tumultuous times in Colorado Springs, this story sounds strangely familiar. Except that, in Colorado Springs, it was MIKE MILES who was doing the walling off.

Colorado Springs is home to the African-American Voice newspaper. The publisher, James Tucker, accused Mike Miles of discriminating against black media because he only advertised with the white media news outlets. Miles responded by saying that the African-American Voice was a “tabloid of misinformation and hate.” Fox News reported on November 30, 2010, that “Not only does Miles refuse to advertise with the Voice, he is publicly calling for others to pull their ads from the paper.

Mike Miles wrote a letter on November 2, 2010, on district letterhead and published on the district website, accusing Mr. Tucker of being a racist and calling for an advertising boycott of the African-American Voice. Tucker said, “D-2′s refusal to advertise in a minority publication and using the district web site to implore others to do the same is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964….” Tucker filed a complaint with the Justice Department regarding the boycott which Miles called for in his letter on the district website. The Denver Weekly News on December 2, 2010 quoted from the complaint that “Miles, ‘with express or delegated authority, published a tortuously slanderous and intentionally harmful letter on the School District web page and contacted persons who do business’ with Tucker with the ‘express purpose of interfering with the business relationship’ between the Voice and Tucker’s business community.”

It seems that Mike Miles and John Wiley Price have read the same playbook. Miles should recognize that taste; it is his own medicine. He should be flattered that Price is using a form of his tactics from 2010 in Colorado Springs. After all, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery.

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reniya
reniya

that is so carzzy

 TeacherProudSESProvider
TeacherProudSESProvider

It has been seven months. Can you please pay the SES Providers? Some of the providers are teachers from DISD, kicked out the system.  Suffering yet another loss. We haven't been paid the entire school year. Do you know what that is like? You cannot pay your teacher/tutors, curriculum cannot be paid for, internet and computers/tabs cannot be given to students, etc.  Where is the Title 1 funding used to pay providers? We must follow the rules or we are placed on the TEA website. When an LEA does not follow the rules, whose website are they placed on? We love our students. No one told us we were suppose to use up our own resources and tutor 100's of students for free!

 TeacherProudSESProvider
TeacherProudSESProvider

it has been seven months. Can you please pay the SES Providers? Some of the providers are teachers 

from DISD, kicked out the system.  Suffering yet another loss.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

FMM's annual evaluation is soon. How about metrics that say,

"the percent of highly qualified teachers retained will be 90%" or

"the percent of SBDM committees that felt they had real input into school matters exceeds 90%", or

"the superintendent will provide evidence that a representative committee of educators and community members helped design the district improvement plan."

The BOT really has no option but to put him on a growth plan. Sweet irony.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I thought Tovar finally decided to retire. Tovar, Satarino, and Willard have in common the guts to challenge 3700 Ross and do what is best for their students. Other Superintendents had the sense to first observe then make judgments. They saw these people making progress and left them alone. This guy wants to make a point. Well that point has been made and he will not be here long.

Marion Willard sure has a good case to sue the district and make lots of money for obvious lack of due process. She won't. Kids come first for her and she will first fight for Madison before she fights for herself.

LyingLiarLBart
LyingLiarLBart

LBart just called Madison a cesspool and referred to the principal as doing nothing to lead.

Please refer to the rankings of Children at Risk printed in today's Belo Expectations, and find that Madison is rated the same as WT White and above the majority of comprehensive high schools.

Madison has a higher level of poverty than most of the comprehensive high schools in the district.

LBart is a liar.

SEMparent
SEMparent

Funny you all are comparing the magnets but not the principals wh are leading these schools. The most qualifife and irreplaceable is TAG principal who unfortunately will retire this year. BTW doesn't have one. The worst and underqualified is Science and Eng'g principal who graduated from Paul Quinn College. She can't spell, she can't write a recommendation letter, nor can't connect with students and parents. She was hired by the infamous ED who is trying to fire Madison principal. Same church or sorority with SEM principal.

Advocate for Teachers
Advocate for Teachers

I placed the teaching openings and campus leadership positions in an excel spreadsheet.

My guess is, Miles will send in somewhere in the neighborhood 20 busloads of TFA teachers on the first day of school in August. (Maybe 40 busloads lol)

Principals

  • 16 Elementary Schools
  • 3 Middle Schools
  • 7 High Schools
  • Total = 26

Assistant Principals

  • 24 Elementary Schools
  • 14 Middle Schools
  • 9 High Schools
Total = 47
Grand Total = 73

Teachers

  • 472 Elementary Schools
  • 107 Middle Schools
  • 216 High Schools

Grand Total 795

maui73
maui73

I went to a round of interviews at GISD and all of the teachers were DISD teachers.

Juliette Low
Juliette Low

Just ran into a random acquaintance who teaches in a neighboring district. She thought she might look into teaching in DISD next year. She was horrified at the interview process which included a group interview and an "article study" as the first two hurdles.

disgruntled
disgruntled

@E Kim Selim Unfortunately, as a member of the TAC, I think Miles will use us as proof for the third point.  We were never really given a chance to provide actual input,  rather we were there to comment on his plans of action and be a literal photo op for his regime of disruptive change.

ShameShame Shame
ShameShame Shame

@SEMparent 

What makes the TAG principal great and qualified? If you are so dissatisfied with the SEM principal, you and your student should transfer to TAG.  Oh wait... Ya'll probably couldn't get in because TAG doesn't take your kind!! You are a racist!! The SEM principal is doing a great job ensuring that all students are successful.  And furthermore did you just misspell "qualified"!!  I guess that makes you the "worst and underqualified" parent!!

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

If true, this is extremely serious. I have worked with administrators of similar qualification and they should not be at a top school.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Advocate for Teachers 

And just remember, these are the numbers before many have even let the district know they are leaving. 

So we can expect these numbers to rise.

Pray for the students of DISD.  It's not their fault that their adult leaders are clueless and willing to let them be the guinea pigs for a charlatan.  They didn't ask for this mess.

LBart
LBart

@Persona non grata "Those magnets may be one of the most attractive incentives to keep white and more affluent students from fleeing to the suburbs or to private schools."

LOL, gee, you think? News flash.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Persona. Article I is inaccurate. The 4 other magnets at Townview (Law, Business, Education, and Health), which are also rated exemplary have almost no white students. Yes, TAG is 40% white, but the other four I mentioned have very few Anglo students. You can check out enrollments by race on the DISD web-site. Now Booker T is close to 50% Anglo,

and I reported last week that their 49% NEW TO DISTRICT students who enter in the. 9th grade are hugely Anglo. So the DMN is quoting wrong information AGAIN about the number of white students in the four schools at Townview, which are majority Latino. Feel free to check out the enrollments for these schools

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Juliette Low Weird - at the "hiring Event" at Townview, the interviews were mostly about MRS DOLLO.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Juliette Low I'd be interested in what the "article study" was.  I don't know why she was horrified.  I participated in a group interview when I left DISD for a neighboring district.  There were five people interviewing me.  They all had questions. I was happy to answer all of them. I've participated in several interviews of that kind. 

Time to Go
Time to Go

@Juliette Low What?! Does DISD have the luxury of providing hurdles when they will have hundreds of positions to fill? 

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Disrupted DISD It should be about what is best for the children. They did not ask for this mess and they are the ones who will suffer because the best of their teachers who can be fortunate enough to expatriate will get the hell out of dodge. Who suffers? The kids.  Who wins?  I don't see potential for win.  Except for those muddled few who think that mass evacuation is a good thing so that they can intimidate the remaining work force.  


LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher Where the rubber meets the road, I know of very few Anglo students who would consider any magnet but TAG, SEM, and Booker. Those are the flagship magnets, recognized by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and every other tier-one university in the country.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@retiredteacher 

If DISD on the whole is 4% white, and the city of Dallas is 30% white, it's not too hard for a particular school to have "above the district percentage" of white students at that school. 

And you are very correct about the makeup of the other magnets- most of them are majority minority.  The myth of the "rich, white enclave" is not there. Even at TAG, while the majority of the students are above the poverty line, many are not far above it. 

maui73
maui73

@Book Fairy @maui73 The interviews took place over a 2 day period at 15 minute intervals. Believe me. I was there. All of the teachers were DISD teachers young and old. They have lots of openings at GISD. In fact, prior to the interviews, principals were going to El Paso to recruit bilingual teachers. GISD is expecting to have a lot of openings.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Quo Qu ohhh @Juliette Low 

Was this the internal job fair that you are referencing?  Can you give us any stats- such as how many jobs were listed, how many people were there, etc?

And interviews about "MRS DOLLO" don't seem to be the rigorous, difficult process which LBart was hoping for.  Seems to be more about COMPLIANCE than good teaching methods.

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@LBart @Juliette Low Because in neighboring districts, the interview process may include questions about philosophy, an essay, resume, etc. not read an article and tell if you agree with it or not (I'm sure these are articles from the Miles Project).

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Book Fairy 

You are so right.  Why does it always seem that those who talk the loudest about it being "all for kids" are the ones who in their actions make it the worst for the kids?

ShameShame Shame
ShameShame Shame

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher 

The teacher at SEM left because she only wanted to teach a select few.  No "good" teacher leaves her kids high and dry in the middle of a year.  Loser....with a capital L

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

CMF. I surely hope that the ED and Miles honor Satarino's and the teachers' request for

principal. That would be smart, as it is important that TAG's culture and traditions be preserved. Indidn'tmstate anything about TAG kids being out of,district, but I did comment about Booker T's 9th grade class having almost 50% New to District Anglo kids which is a concern. on the District web-/site and TAG's page, the ethnic breakdown for TAG's Anglo population is listed at 39%. I'm glad that we have the magnets that focus on career, academics, and gifted kids. It would. be a shame if the District's entire focus were on at risk students. We need to serve ALL students. Do not worry about the bias against magnets. It's been around since the magnets were started, and I don't think it will change. Hope your son is enjoying and learning at TAG.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Disrupted DISD @CMF @retiredteacher @Book Fairy I have been told by a PTSA board member in high standing that there is one candidate endorsed by Satarino  and liked by other teachers there, but oddly, this person has NOT been a principal.  She apparently is well versed in magnets, has good connections, and wants to see TAG continue on this way.  I'm not sure if the principal candidate has been finalized, I doubt it.  I heard that DISD wanted to wait till June 1 to post the position (how stupid) but Satarino disagreed.  He put in his resignation last Sept effective June 28.  As for interviews, I am not certain.  I do agree with you about the TAG parents being complacent about a new principal, I feel they think all will be well.  I've spoken to a few at parent coffees and it amazes me how naive they are about Miles.  They are highly involved in their kids academics, but misinformed about our lil' dictator.  When I tried to give just a bit of info on the situation, I think I was perceived as a bit out of it!  But hey - I teach in this district so I should know!  I am happy though that TAG parents speak up, so that should go a long way for its future.  TAG should be left alone I agree, but I have faith that Miles can't destroy it, it's been around a long time and from what I can see, Blackburn loves the school.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@CMF @retiredteacher @Book Fairy 

Hi, CMF.  I am very familiar with TAG as well and I know that many who comment here are only reading statistics and don't know the school and how it works.  The TAG principal has ALWAYS followed the district rules and ALL qualified DISD students were admitted before any OOD students were allowed. One problem lately is that the number of qualified DISD applicants has fallen off recently, so more OOD had to be accepted to fill the spots.

Do you know if the principal candidate which Mr. Satarino has recommended will be chosen?  Have they had any interviews with candidates as yet?  I'm sure you realize that several of the teachers are waiting to see if they will continue to have the support of a great principal.  Please get that word out to the rest of the parents- they seem to be complacent about the selection of the new principal. They  need to take an active role to be sure the best candidate for the school is selected, not a big name to further the district.

Miles does NOT see TAG as a jewel- he is irritated because the teachers will not bow down to his Mickey Mouse LO/DOL/MRS methods.  He said as much at the Townview Open Mike. He is arrogant enough to believe that he could put any teacher there and the school would be just as good. He is clueless and best kept as far away from the magnets as possible.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@retiredteacher @Book Fairy  FYI:  My son is a current TAG student and I am on the pulse of things happening there.  The principal that Satarino has recommended to the district to replace him has his approval as do other current TAG teachers.  As much as DISD is run like a moron machine, they recognize that TAG is the crown jewel of this district.  I know some teachers there are unhappy with the current mess at 3700, but I also know they want to stay.  I also read on this blog  that TAG is 40% white, the # is not that high.

I hate to see some of the stuff written on this blog about the magnets as if this district shouldn't put so much into them or that things aren't fair!!  My precious son earned his coveted spot at TAG and very few of his peers live outside of Dallas.  I have read some to say on this blog that MOST TAG kids come from out of district - NOT TRUE!!   DISD is damn lucky to have that school as a bragging right and entrance to this school is open to all!!

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@LBart @retiredteacher Booker T lost two beloved art teachers last year who saw the writing on the wall.  They couldn't get out fast enough. 

LBartisVomit
LBartisVomit

@LBart @retiredteacher 

Who the f are you to be the insider on the magnets? We hear nothing but complaints about your tin horn dictator.

LBart-you are a typical wannabe. Status, status, more status.

That's right--these parents will protect their kids. Too bad most of them don't give a hoot about the kids in the rest of the district.

Our number one school also has number one funding. Totally out of compliance with Title I.

Our comprehensive high schools don't even have teachers.

You have made the point for the feds. 

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. You must have reading difficulties. i said that I didn't know of anyone who'd been non-renewed at TAG or SEM. I said, and so did another poster, that an SEM AP teacher had been harrassed about DOLs, walked out, and the position is open. You seem very angry when anyone corrects you. Perhaps you need anger management classes.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart This is correct - we have successful magnet schools. So here comes the Little Corporal, and does he study what works in these award-winning institutions in order to create meaningful education reform? No. instead he brings his made-up, trademarked hokey pokey dance to the district, charging top dollar for applying military-grade bullying techniques to enforce that all partake . His approach has no record of success, is not "data-driven" (since you love buzzwords so much, I put that one in there just for you.) He aims for the weakest first, slamming the students and faculty of the non-magnet schools, knowing their cries will be more muffled, and can be shushed with stern proclamations that "change is hard." When the voice of outcry is too loud to be silenced, he packs up and departs (see Harrison/Colorado.)

You claim to be a champion of education reform. If you are serious about this endeavor, I have a few suggestions based upon your writings on this blog.

1. Listen. Listen and learn and take in new information, even if it does not fit with your worldview. Listen to women who object without characterizing them as hysteric pearl-clutchers. Many of us are out there in the trenches, wearing neither metaphorical nor literal pearls, and I surmise that you are NOT. Hear the results of research, the experiences of those who have invested their careers in working with the students of this district. As with our current dictator, pomposity does not serve you well. Humility and flexibility are considered strengths in many disciplines.

2. Look. Look at Miles' bottom-up approach, demanding that one and all inflict teaching strategies that would work best for kindergarten students. Do you not see that this dumbing-down will alienate all quality teachers and intelligent students? Then again, this is the perfect recipe to use if one wants to turn public schools into TFA factories, and/or simply destroy them so that profiters can access more of that sweet sweet lucre.

LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher I don't want to get into specifics with specific teachers, but everything you're saying basically boils down to -- nothing has happened. There is no beloved AP English or AP Calculus or AP Physics or dance or art teacher at Booker or TAG or SEM who does not have a job next year because of Miles. 

Because I think if there had been, we'd know about it. These are not quiet parents and quiet students. You have a lot of vague rumor and innuendo, but if you've got some names and specific nonrenewals then post them here because I know some parents who will go on the warpath. These are not parents who will quietly let their child's AP teacher go against his wishes

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. I think you are thinking of the AP Chemistry teacher, but there may be a calculus teacher there who has one now. I'm just not aware of one. BC Calculus at SEM was taught for many years by the AP Lead Calculus teachers for the district-not by SEM teachers. I don't know who is teaching BC now. I haven't heard of anyone being non-renewed, but I'm retired. You may be thinking of the former TAG Calculus teacher who retired in 2012.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@retiredteacher 

You are correct, but I understand that it took all of the principal's effort to protect the teachers at TAG, and part of why he could do that was because he knew he was leaving, so he didn't fear being fired himself.

SEM was not so fortunate, as Jovan Wells left to be an ED and they have a new principal who was not able or knowledgeable enough, or maybe had drunk the kool-aide, to protect the SEM teachers.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Disrupted. You are right. Some of them are being "monkeyed with," but not TAG YET.

Their principal is retiring this year, so if they put in a Miles clone or a Fellow, expect many TAG teachers to hit the exits. DOLS and MRS won't work with their students---not that they really work with anyone with. more than two bràin cells.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher Because he's an effing idiot.  IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.  Tag and SEM and Booker T are all kind of rockin' places that make this city proud. Why would we want to mess with that?  I was fortunate because 3/4 of my kids were in the magnet system. They got world class educations and had extraordinary opportunities as a result.  



LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher There's a teacher I'm thinking of who has a doctorate from CalTech or something like that -- has he been nonrenewed?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. The BC Calculus teacher at TAG does not have a PhD and may not even have an MA. He does have experience and good AP results, but this is his first year as a TAG teacher.. The SEM calculus teacher also does not have a PhD. The SEM AP Chemistry teacher does have a doctorate. THere was an SEM AP teacher who was being hassled about DOLs who walked out and never returned.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

This is what you do not understand.  

They are being "monkeyed with." You just don't know what you are talking about.

 These teachers may not have to be non-renewed for them to leave.  The administration puts pressure on them to use the DO/LO/MRS methods and gives them bad scores on spot obs if they will not comply.  Most of these teachers know full and well that they are not bad teachers, and that this administration is crazy. They see the writing on the wall- they are not being appreciated and valued and they will be in a continual fight with administration to teach the way they know is best for their students.

Why do you think the SEM AP English teacher left?  Over this very issue.  These teachers are recruited by every district every year- they know there are many districts who will accept them with open arms and they will be valued members of a team there. 

LBart
LBart

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher Then that is where I disagree with Miles. I know you like to put people into Miles/anti-Miles boxes, but many people interested in urban school reform have the ability to discern and form our own opinions.

The PhD teacher (with a PhD in the subject, mind you, not some bullsh$t diplomat mill) who is teaching BC Calculus at TAG and SEM should be left utterly alone. You cannot do MRSs with those students. If he is firing those teachers, I will take up a pitchfork and torch with you. Is he doing that? Because what I've heard is that he's leaving them alone.

I absolutely agree that if you monkey with TAG, SEM, and Booker, you will see whites leaving the district like rats from a ship. But I don't see that he's monkeying with them. Have you heard that those teachers have been nonrenewed? 

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

So, LBart, please explain to me why, if these schools are so stellar, why Mike Miles stated at the Townview Open Mike in March that if the Townview teachers didn't like the DO/LO/MRS methods, "maybe they need to go?"

Does that make ANY sense?  They are getting unbelievable results, they have the top schools in the NATION, and yet, because they don't want to dumb down, Miles wants them to leave?

If Miles has his way and drives these teachers out, and replaces them with Mickey Mouse method-using teachers, you will see flight, white and minority, from these schools as well.

LBartisVomit
LBartisVomit

@Btwhspvamom 

And many cheated and lied to get in and displaced Dallas kids. 

The demographics of Dallas county for teenagers are 50% Hispanic and an almost equal amount of anglo and black students. BTW is choosing white upper class students for a reason.

It wants to boost its rankings.

It is intentionally keeping minority and poor kids out.

This is another area the feds will look at.

Btwhspvamom
Btwhspvamom

New to district does NOT equal out of district. Many live in Dallas boundaries but were private or charter K-8.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@retiredteacher My last one graduated ten years ago. That's how it used to be.  There has been a lot of turn over in the last few years, especially with regard to visual art. The segregation order expired after my kids graduated. 



retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Book Fairy. look at BTW's enrollment figures. Check out how many are ANGlo and new to the district in 9th grade. About half the kids are Anglo and new to the district. These are out of district kids. They don't break it down by whether they're in art, theater, dance.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@retiredteacher I think all the art kids are genuine DISD. All the theater also.  A few of the music may come from outside the district. There may be a disproportionate amount of dance students that are from outside Dallas. 


retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Disrupted. But Booker T has very few people who are poor. That must be because môst of

their Anglo students don't live in Dallas to begin with but are New to District from the suburbs.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Disrupted DISD @Quo Qu ohhh @Juliette Low It was NOT internal! That was the horror of it. Like so much in Human RESOURCES these days, there seemed to be some fuzziness surrounding who they decided to invite or allowed to attend. Of course, teachers who received Intent of nonrenewal letters were told (in writing) that this was invitation-only, but you could have fooled me. There were over 700 jobs listed, and now they are all gone from the district site, if I am seeing it correctly. Some schools did not even show up, or sent people to screen for principals, rather than decision-makers, so I cannot imagine how those positions can all be filled. I have no idea how many were in attendance - seemed like hordes or throngs. There were people who have not yet attained certification, and random people from other towns... there was even a set of instructions for people applying from Out-of-State.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart "Tell you what," there are so many assumptions in your question barrage that I cannot respond while retaining anonymity. Want to answer some of those yourself?

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@ARMY RANGER @Book Fairy @LBart  I would not prefer that at all. I would have liked to get out of the district without permanent injuries. 

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@LBart @retiredteacher Except they're busy doing nothing about Roosevelt where there was allll sorts of corruption.

Tovar got a growth plan, Shaver did not.

They WONT fire the right people--that's the problem with firing your way to excellence.

LBart
LBart

@Quo Qu ohhh @LBart Tell you what, do or did your kids attend one of these comprehensives? Did you put your own kids there? If not, why not? People often choose homes based on the quality of the local high school -- did you consider one of these schools for your own family?

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

So you know "scores of people" who have applied for fellow and admin positions.  It figures that is the kind of people you know. 

Do you also know scores of people who have applied to be teachers?  Otherwise, maybe these admins who are so sick of the way DISD has been run might not get to boss anyone around, maybe they will be needed in the classroom.  Oh, horrors. To actually have to TEACH!  It's so much easier to sit and pontificate like you do, LBart.  Why don't you go back to actual teaching yourself, since you know it all, and really make a difference?

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart Not going, is he? Does HIS cronyism extend high enough to cover whatever financial time bomb is causing executive level staff anywhere near the money to run?

"Chuckling privately..." why not publicly? Hmnn, sounds like white folks in power. No wonder you use terminology and gender characterizations that extend back to Antebellum times.

"Cesspools" - lovely. I agree on low expectations and standards, but the testing industry hath wrought what it hath wrought, and I can imagine you cheered it on the entire time. Drink in the success!

As for cronyism, it would appear that Miles is simply replacing what existed with his own brand of the same. Otherwise he would simply hire effective administration, rather than waste more badly-needed district dollars on his Hydroponic Principal Growing Kit.

The Board used Blackburn's favorite headhunter to "find" Miles. We could find a better Superintendent candidate, but to put him or her in place, we'd have to do away with the BOT.

On "pi$$ing..." funny image, since you seem to be marking this site like a small dog trying to convince others of his imagined power by peeing a little bit on as many hydrants and posts as possible.

Re: moaning- yes, whenever you start up again with your tired rhetoric and sociopath manners. If this is the teacher's lounge, may I show you the door?

On commanding us to act like professionals? (laugh) In my profession, I work with some of the toughest kids in Dallas, so I will borrow some of their parlance here: STFU.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Book Fairy Yet we are to ignore the effects of poverty... "With Our Help..." (see Core Beliefs.) I would never defend anyone assaulting a teacher, but poverty and abuse can turn children mean and violent more quickly than those getting more of their Maslow's Hierarchy needs met.

As to the district's response to your injuries, there is absolutely no excuse for the result you describe. Yet Teachers' Unions are the new Villains in education?!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart @retiredteacher I'm sure the students of Madison appreciate your calling their school a "cesspool." Your true colors are more vivid by the day!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart The climate that causes children to punch teachers in the face can be a result of grinding, multi-generational poverty, abuse and neglect at home (which can be linked to the stresses of poverty.) A principal may create as positive a climate as possible, and yet a child may just lose it. Have you ever considered what some of these absurd and infantile Multiple Responses feel like to streetwise kids who have had to raise themselves? Have you ever tried to get kids who work all night or immediately after school to try to stand up and sit down a bunch of times in 45 minutes to "demonstrate understanding?" Maybe the stress of having to do one too many Modified Whip-Arounds in a day became too much, and a kid just wanted to punch someone in the face! These "strategies" are not inspiring confidence in the students, by the way. Their morale is sinking too. Not prone to partaking in blogs on educational theory, and wondering who is subjecting them to a lowered-quality education that barely prepares them for a job interview at Dollar Tree, much less any decent college, they may start lashing out more frequently.

LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher He's not going and the sooner you get that through your head the happier you will be. 

Scores of people are applying for the Fellow and for admin positions. Scores of people are chuckling privately about his battles with JWP and cheering him on. Scores of people are sick to death of the cronyism and absurdity of what passes for management at the low-income comprehensives. Scores of people who have homes in Dallas and businesses in Dallas are sick to death of the low expectations and the low standards and the cesspools of our schools. 

You want a better candidate? Find one. Otherwise, you're just pi$$ing and moaning into the wind and complaining in the teacher's lounge and a lot of us are sick of listening to it. Act like a professional.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. Because this administration is even MORE ridiculous. FMM makes Hinojosa look great in that he didn't attempt to micromanage teachers and destroy learning by forcing DOLs on teachers who know what they are doing! He is a moron. Anyone smart knows to leave good teachers alone. Miles is not smart----AT ALL. He is doing untold damage to good schools and goodmteachers who should be left alone. He has to go!

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@LBart @retiredteacher Do you really believe that there is anyone who is wanting to GO to DISD for altruistic reasons? Most of the folks that I know that want OUT of DISD want to TEACH and not have to put up with fifteen layers of fecal dip.  

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@LBart @retiredteacher DISD is long broken. I was assaulted FIVE times during my tenure in the district. I'm not counting the other massive injuries I sustained just being in the hallway during passing period. Kids just acting silly in the hallway.  I had to have surgery. The assaults? They were mean defiant children with no regard to polite society.  I should have had surgery but the district denied the claims because they said I was just old. It is broken.  As long as there is any vestige of cronyism of any kind it will not improve. 



LBart
LBart

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher As opposed to the great stability of the status quo, where you could sit like a dictator presiding over your wretched school knowing that nobody wanted to touch you?

Give me a break. I know of a dozen people who have applied for DISD AP and principal jobs from neighboring districts who are itching to get in there now that there is a new superintendent in place. They WANT to make a difference, they WANT a chance to prove themselves without the ridiculous cronyism of past administrations. They would have never applied under Hinojosa, but they think that this is a new wind, a new chance for reform and change. I know you don't like it, but the numbers don't lie. Get with the program or get out. And there's a lot of people who want in with the program.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

And good grief, just where are you going to find these candidates?  Miles did a "Principle Fellows Academy" which was supposed to be used to train principals from which to fill these positions.  Guess he didn't do the hiring process for that very well, as not too many of them will be hired after all, despite the $5.4 million spent on them. 

So we have over 700 applicants for the new principals- whether it's for the academy or the actual open positions, whatever.  Look at the history of the folks Miles has hired.  How many have jumped ship before the year is even out?  Too numerous to count.  How many of these new principals will stay the course?  And just how will all that instability affect the students at those schools, and their teaching staff?  It is really hard on a school to have frequent turnover of their principal and staff.

LBart
LBart

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher Am I happy? Of course not. Fire their ass. Fire them now.

Fire that principal. Fire Madison. Fire Pinkston. Fire everyone who is sitting there because of cronyism, because of SIN, because of past ties to the district. Get rid of them and stop blathering about "oooh, they havent' had time to change" blah, blah, blah.

The era of hiring your cousin and letting them falsify time cards is done. Get new blood in there, get a professional hiring process in place, evaluate them, and let's get the district on track. Good grief, how can anyone support the ridiculousness of administrations of the past? 

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

And are you then happy over the fact that Miles is keeping principals who have misappropriated Title I funds, hired relatives, cheated students out of real services from EIF so that they might go to college, instead giving them the instant but only gratification of a money grab machine?

LBart
LBart

@Disrupted DISD @LBart @retiredteacher If you're a principal who has presided for years over some cesspool with little progress (I was shocked to see how few students Madison actually has), then forgive me if I'm not weeping over how you haven't had time to reform your ways. Go cry to John Wiley Price.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher 

What happened to Miles' "sense of urgency?"

And DKF's scorecard with that as one of their rubrics?

I see.  Urgency for everyone else, just not for Mr. Miles and company. 

 Glover spent all summer hiring the administrative cabinet and ignored the teachers, so the kids got subs all year. 

And the principals placed on growth plans?  They got hit with this sense of urgency- no multiyear plan for them.  Unless, of course, you misappropriate Title I funds and hire relatives- then you get a free pass.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. Oh, it's not going to happen overnight? Teachers are expected to raise scores way high overnight. Mikè Miles won't be here for years. He has already totally antagonized the teachers who can make it happen. He has been and still is an empty suit.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Quoh. Thanks for calling out LBart/Morath. I'm a retired teacher, so I have no pearls to clutch. Sexist remark? You bet it was.

LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher You think? Okay, you're HR and you've rigorously hired this bright new teacher and he gets punched in the face at Spruce due to the appalling mismanagement of that campus. So, here's a thought: let's FIRE THE PRINCIPAL as part of creating a campus climate where that doesn't happen.

This is a multiyear process. All the pieces are not going to fall into place right way. But when you take the very excellent step of firing the principal who allows students to roam the halls punching teachers, you get John Wiley Price holding news conferences.

You have no conception of what it takes or how long it takes to create systemic change at a district the size of DISD. HR is doing its part, the nonrenewal of principals is part of that process too. But it's not going to happen overnight.

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@LBart @retiredteacher "Clutch your pearls?" The sexist undertone in many of your comments is as bad as your wholesale buy-in to smarmy corporate jargon and failed ideologies.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@LBart @retiredteacher

So, how many years are you allowing for these new HR practices to take hold?  What do you plan to do with all of the students who show up on your doorstep in the meantime, expecting to be taught content?  Do you just increase the class sizes of the teachers that you do have currently? 

" this falls apart if once you get in, you are subject to appalling mismanagement...."   There are no "ifs" right now.  This does fall apart because every situation you mentioned does in fact exist at many of the DISD schools. 

So what will you do with these students when no teachers show up to go through your interview process which you think is so wonderful?  We are already at least 800 teachers down and our hiring rate has been abysmal. The whole ship is leaking fast.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart. Yes, it all falls apart oncè you get in or once you even speak with a current DISD teacher who tells you what it is now like to work in the district. How there is no support, no attempt to help principals/ teachers who are deemed ineffective. It is just, "You are out of here." This news is getting around; believe me it is. So keep your pipe dream about a tough interview process by HR creating prestige for the district. There is none and will not be prestige until DISD's mismanagement of spending, lack of discipline, and micromanagement of teachers is stopped. Dream on, Morath. Create your Anglo school pockets with involved parents, but the rest of the District is in terrible trouble under the leaderless management of Mike Miles.

LBart
LBart

@retiredteacher A tough interview process is part of building a brand/image/reputation, although I know that that corporate lingo will make you clutch your pearls in horror. 

A difficult interview is a part of a strategic process of branding your district as a prestigious place to work. "Wow, you got hired by DISD! They're really tough. You must be great!" 

I agree that this falls apart if once you get in, you are subject to appalling mismanagement. But to the extent that this process is within HR's realm, they are doing what they should be doing: creating a professional, rigorous application and screening process. Once the teacher gets hired and is punched in the face in the hall, that is someone else's fault. And should be laid at the feet of HR's bosses and local principals (and gee, maybe should be nonrenewed, but that's a battle for a different thread.)

dallasparent
dallasparent

@LBart @ Rear View Mirror @Juliette Low Warm bodies?  How many inexperienced TFA teachers are being hired?  While I'm not against them, but what qualified experienced teacher would have a desire to come to this district?  What type of quality instruction will my child receive next year due to lack of experience?  How many subs will be there?  I can't see HR filling these positions in a timely manner.  And, the head guy of hiring has one foot out the door. GREAT!  I'm not impressed with this disruptive reform.  My child's education is being disruptive.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

LBart, You must be tking hallucinogenic drugs if you think having a tough interview process will make people desire to teach in DISD. No one who has a pulse will want to stay here and be subjected to the lunacy of Mike Miles. A prestigious place to work? Surely you jest. Spot observations from mindless I-Pad carrying robots who are charged with finding people not doing DOL correctly so they can recommend non-renewal makes workîng conditions prestigious? Get over yourself. What about terrible disçipline in many middle and. high schools? Student on teacher assaults? Does this sound prestigious to you? If so, you need help. Your post did give me a laugh, as.it is more delusional thàn usual.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@ Rear View Mirror @LBart @Juliette Low The main thing I was asked was how would I describe my relationship with my students. I melted down and cried because I love my kids and I told them that I had great angst at the thought of leaving kids that I loved.  The happy upside is that I also love the new kids and they are wonderful and the whole situation is kinder and happier and more civil. 

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@LBart @ Rear View Mirror @Juliette Low I kind of bristled at the "data analysis" task.  Welcome to teaching, now show us you can crunch the numbers.

Rigorous and prestigious place to work? What kind of reaction do you get when you tell people you work for DISD? Me, I get mostly sympathy.

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@LBart @ Rear View Mirror @Juliette Low In the DISD low moral ditch it is currently in, why would you think an extensive interview process would entice anyone to come to work here? How many in HR can interview and how do they now have time to interview 1,000+ teachers? If you have 50 interviewers now,  after the 1,000  are hired, do they just sit there and wait for another rush of people to leave? And they do have a history of hiring people hurriedly.

LBart
LBart

@ Rear View Mirror @LBart @Juliette Low What was the article about? There's nothing wrong with an extensive and rigorous application screen; Lovejoy has a notoriously difficult interview process.

It's a chicken-and-egg question: if DISD has a reputation for hiring anyone with a pulse who's sober enough to make it through an interview, it will not have a reputation as a rigorous and prestigious place to work, which will not attract quality candidates. Or is it better to get warm bodies in there and, uh, someday put in a professional application process?

(1) DISD Fall 2013 Climate Survey (223 page, 4.5 Mb PDF)

(2) Public Education Grant (PEG) List of 57 Failing DISD Schools

(3) View school master schedules. Fall 2013. Sort by teacher, class, grade, etc.

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