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JWPs-faultAnd that would be you, Dallas Morning News. Don’t look now, but no one’s buying your reasoning that somehow Bernadette Nutall and John Wiley Price are the reason Dallas ISD’s students apparently can’t test their way out of a paper bag and thus are doomed to a life of failure. These same individuals, and their ilk, are also apparently the reason Dallas ISD can’t seem to keep any genuine talent around. While we still have the Baltimore P-Card offender and the newest iPhone caddy on the payroll, many of the folks expected to turn this ship around have sailed away, some before they even started. None except for Alan King, who returned to work for the Board after resigning as chief of staff, have been on the job long enough to even prove whether they were indeed all they were cracked up to be.

Like anyone caught in a leaky boat, the DMN is bailing fast, with the Chamber folks, the Citizens Council, and the various PAC’s that need Miles in order to survive clinging to the main mast like rats escaping the rising water. In an effort to publicly shame anyone who doesn’t believe the Miles’ reform methods are the only solution, the DMN has looked under every dusty rug for writers willing to blow the smoke that Mike Miles is the salvation of Dallas education.

And they know the enemy. Even though John Wiley Price is criticized for “meddling” in Dallas schools, the News sees no problem in supporting Rawlings’ pledge to “lay out a more comprehensive strategy for Dallas schools,” as if the Mayor is qualified to do what Price is not. The News points out that Price’s business card does not list “Superintendent” on it, but the obvious correlation is the mayor doesn’t hold that job either.

But while we are sharpening our righteous pitchforks and preparing to run Price, Nutall, and all those “inept” principals they support out of the district, the lifeboats with Alan King, Charles Glover, Rene Barajas, Leonardo Caballero, Jamal Jenkins, Miguel Solis, Steve Korby and the competent principals and teachers that have had enough have already sailed or are making plans.But still the local news outlets call for support of district reform based on Mike Miles’ teaching strategies, with noncompliant staff ousted. Even former trustee Edwin Flores touts Miles’ for profit plan as the only one “in the entire US that had a complete, comprehensive, tested, and fair method to evaluate employees.”  Apparently Edwin overlooked the fact that the research and opinion on these methods was done by Miles himself.

Yes, there are schools that need help. We are not graduating “college and work force ready” kids in the numbers we should. But the methods needed to achieve these goals are not what Mike Miles would have us believe. Just maybe we should ask a teacher how best to turn the ship around. Not JWP, not the DMN, not Mayor Mike, and certainly not Focal Point’s Mike Miles.

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Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Our first Teacher Appreciation Week with FMM. How sick and twisted is that?

Will he, like Pontious Pilate, release a teacher from non-renewal prison?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Suggested comments for the BOT to consider using in FMM's upcoming evaluation.

1. He has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

2. He has delusions of adequacy.

3. He is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

4. He sets low personal standards and consistently fails to acheive them.

5. He has a "full six pack" but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.

6. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train is nowhere in sight.

7. The wheel is turning but the hamster is dead.

8. Does not play well with others.

9. He should go far and the sooner he starts, the better.

10. A gross ignoramus--144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.

11. He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier.

12. He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.

DOL doo doo
DOL doo doo

The list is growing:

Rene Barajas Bailed

Leonardo Caballero Bailed

Jennifer Sprague Bailed

Miguel Solis Bailed

Charles Glover “Exploring”

Alan King Bailed - Returned

Just waiting on FMM . . . . When is the deadline to post his certification on SBEC?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Board of Trustees is an anagram for Sure-footed Brats!

Yeah, not much going on here tonight...

Vendetta
Vendetta

Is anyone else as obsessed with this blog as I am? I check the blog many times a day hoping to read "teacher attacks superintendent" or " sup caught with Jennifer sprague sitting on his lap" or something similar. This joker has got to go.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Think of the DMN's infamous RESET BUTTON when you watch the captain desperately try to solve the problems on his ship! There are other parallels that make this cartoon, "Mutiny on the Bunny" just too rich!

http://youtu.be/yJH50kkjuTQ


Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

What a better ad to defeat Bingham and Cowan than, "We have a 6-3 majority on the board."

People, wake up. That is why they ignore us. They can count to five, but so can we. Micciche and Jones can count to five, and they can start voting with the 3 who have seen the light. Even Morath was left hanging by his lonesome on a vote last time out.  


The Six will get marching orders to quietly and quickly get rid of Miles without bias... They will simply let him say he needs to manage his affairs at his consulting company.... Or, like Moses, he is"tired," and needs a rest. Alan King can step in, and that is when the fun begins. We can breathe, until the Six pick somenone else. Again. And so it begins... Again. Groundhog Day.

However, can Holt be sued by Willard for tellling people about a personnel matter internal to DISD?

curious
curious

With all the principal stuff going on, does anyone know what happened to the principal at Marsh? He was put on administrative leave before the discussion of principals being put on plans and no one's heard hide nor hair of him since.

Lakewood trail
Lakewood trail

I saw that too in The Same Page DISD newsletter. Janice Lombardi and Dinnah Escanilla received scholarships to Harvard. I know the Lombardi and Escanilla families are both Ivy leaguers. High expectations run naturally in their family. The Lombardis are Princeton University legacy grads. I think her son is MD at Princeton. Escanilla's daughter goes to Columbia and husband is an influential Stanford lawyer.

Slow news
Slow news

Leadership starts at the top. We have an uncertified superintendent, unqualified ED's with no principal expereinces evaluating principals, and principals less qualified to run schools. I read somewhere in this blog the current principal in Townview SEM graduated from Paul Quinn College, the lowest rated college in DCCcD that almost lost its certification due to low quality instruction. How can she inspire students to go to tier one universities when she's never set foot to a real university. Meanwhile, Early College Principal Janice Lombardi and North Dallas Principal Dinnah Escanilla are Harvard scholars.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@persona non grata here is 13.

No comprendo! Next question.

maui73
maui73

@Eyes on U FMM is not going to get his certification. To get it, he would have to be on a superintendent certification program with a university and would need a code to register to take the test. Word has it, he has not done any of these things. The next test is on June 9th. Too late for FMM. I am just waiting to see what the board will come up as an excuse to give him an extension.

Nelie Shison Wormsey
Nelie Shison Wormsey

@Eyes on U July 1, according to a post by DMN education reporter Tawnell Hobbs in the TalkDISD live feed that is on the DMN website, posted around April 15 or 16.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Persona non grata

It is slow for a Sunday night. This is all I could find.

According the Floyd Mike Miles contract, "The Superintendent shall not engage in any consulting activities with any other individuals or entities."
Go to
www.focalpointed.com/about-focal-point/mike-miles
He admits he is the Superintendent of Dallas and gives a direct contact link to himself. Is that not touting your office in Dallas for the profit of Focal Point? Some may view this as a breach of contract.

I think the BOT needs to sit down with him and put him on a growth plan

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

DOL's take only five minutes. He saw the future.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@Ghost Thanks for posting it, it's always good to look at changes in advance.

Seems like the big changes under dress code is that shirts don't have to be tucked in?

disgruntled
disgruntled

@GhostMy feeder pattern has been tracking discipline referrals since the beginning of this semester.  When the schools (middle and high schools) in our feeder pattern met at the beginning of the semester, I asked if the referrals were being examined within the context that they were written or if we were just counting who is writing referrals and how many they are writing.

Our ED jumped up and said this wasn't a gotcha program meant to drive down the numbers of referrals at campuses in our feeder pattern.  Less than five minutes later, we were comparing the number of referrals between the this year and the previous year on the beta campus.  When it was pointed out that one unnamed teachers was still writing a much high than average number of referrals, our ED said that would be a teacher targeted for intervention and probably put on a growth plan.

RUKIDDINGME
RUKIDDINGME

The principal at SEM may have graduated from Paul Quinn(which is not a DCCCD school), but she has definitely caused the staff to reevaluate the way they do things and to close the achievement gap! Ivy League means nothing if kids aren't benefitting. And furthermore, her IQ is second to none!!

are you serious
are you serious

@Slow news  Paul Quinn did not lose its certification and therefore your point has no merit!  Take a poll on those educated individuals whom are homeless, jobless etc.  You will find individuals from all walks of life.  Educated people realize schools don't make you! We are individuals.  Many really successful folks never earned a degree, so should we down play their successes.  Just because you graduated from a so called top notched school does not make you the best person for a job.   Your thought process is part of the problem!  We need to encourage one another,  please stop with your pettiness.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

Correction! They lost it. However, they earned it back.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Slow news  Paul Quinn used to be Bishop College and it DID lose its accreditation.  I also do not think Paul Quinn is associated with DCCCD. I've never heard that it was other than as a place to transfer to like any other four year school.  Sadly, with the exception of one educator, everyone I've known that came out of there was low quality. 

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

In the letter to Miles, the three D A people mentioned that Holt referred to Willard as "gone next year."

I say sue. SUE BIGTIME.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Make sure that the unions know which feeder pattern this is. Just call them and tell them.

I think we need to TARGET this ED. Ten to one, they either do not have ANY experience in high school, as a teacher OR principal, and five to one, they may not even be certified, a la Miles.

Lakewood trail
Lakewood trail

I haven't been in contact since she left Woodrow. But knowing her passion for kids and her advocate for excellence, she will do whatever it takes to run her school. My son will never forget, Escanilla tutored him in Calculus every afternoon until he passed Mr. Irby's class.

Last Laugh
Last Laugh

If she can't spell nor write a recommendation letter to SEM graduating seniors, I supposed her IQ is none, I mean zero. I betcha there are SEM students who are smarter than their PQC alumna principal. I have not seen or heard any SEM teachers who speak highly of her.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@RUKIDDINGME Tell me what the achievement gap at SEM might be?

SEMparent
SEMparent

@are you serious What would Ms. Hewitt say when an SEM student asks " shall I go to Paul Quinn or Yale? Which one is a quality school to attend?" Your answer is...?

numnum45
numnum45

@Pancho Villa 

They did not earn Southern Association accreditation back. They found an accrediting agency that would take them.

are you serious
are you serious

@Book Fairy @Slow news  You must live under a rock!  I know several individuals. I may add individuals whom are productive citizens and doing well.  I can not believe one would suggest that persons graduating or associated with a particular school of higher learning is classified in the low quality category.   Who are you to judge?

disgruntled
disgruntled

@Beer in Hand I've been in regular contact with my union.  Our ED was at a magnet and claims that their success directly relates to South of the Trinity in the neighborhoods you see on "The First 48".

Disd parent
Disd parent

@numnum45 @Lakewood trail The school (middle and high) are over capacity - it makes no sense for OM Roberts to be included in the feeder pattern. I hope the kids will excel in their brand new school. All kids in the district deserve nice new buildings with natural light and working HVAC systems. 

Lakewood trail
Lakewood trail

I have nothing but respect for all principals who sacrifice their time and have passion in education the likes of Lombardi and Escanilla. My eldest graduated from Brayn Adams when Lombardi was dean and my second graduated from Woodrow when Escanilla was dean of instruction. The same respect I give to SEM principal, Madison, Conrad,and everyone else who try to move student performance amidst the chaotic situation there is now in DISD. I'm not trying to pick a fight between haves and have nots, ivy league or not. I just happen to know the two principals who made a difference in my children's education. Nuff said.

numnum45
numnum45

@Lakewood trail 

ROFL--we can always count on Lakewood parents to be hypersensitive to money and status. Do Lombardi and Escanilla have any other pedigrees you want to tote out--special pets with special pedigrees?

By the way, how is the effort going to remove low income students from Woodrow going? OM Roberts being shifted to Madison seems to just be the start. Who else could you remove to increase the status of Woodrow?

Maybe you can pull enough poor kids out of the feeder pattern so that your ratings jump up from below that of Madison's in Children at Risk.

Strange how Marian could make a go of it with the highest level of poverty, but Lakewood always finds a way to gerrymander those poor kids away from their own.

RUKIDDINGME05
RUKIDDINGME05

Seems as though their national rating dropped long before her arrival.... So change is good!! The SEM teachers aren't all top notch!! Some of them need lots of work!!

ShameShame Shame
ShameShame Shame

@E Kim Selim

You are apparently ignorant if you can only address the AP exam, which is an optional test.  Check the SEI of the school after the students leave 9th grade so you can speak intelligently.  Secondly, if all of the students are entering on a "highly proficient" level (via the process), why are they not all leaving on a "highly proficient" level......ACHIEVEMENT GAP!!!!

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@RUKIDDINGME05@Book Fairy

You guys need to stop this silliness.  With the selection process at SEM and the relative low number of students the achievement gap has no meaning.  At this level we are talking about individual students and their ethnicity does not matter.  If there are 20 out of 25 whites earning 3+ on AP and 10 out of 25 blacks earning 3+ on AP it means 20 students need extra help to be highly proficient in the subject.  That is all it means.

RUKIDDINGME05
RUKIDDINGME05

Performance on ACPs, AP exams, STAAR, PSAT, and SAT/ACT among Caucasian, Hispanic, and African American students.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@are you serious I do not dispute that some folks of quality can come from any institution.  I also do not dispute that folks graduate PQ who can not properly conjugate verbs or use spell check.  That was the initial complaint in this thread.  I would also like to know the breakdown of the demographics of the school.  They have a 5% graduation rate.  The current stats show 201 undergraduate and 4 graduate students. Their percentage shows that 100% of the men who apply get in.  They show 91% AA students.  They show 4 Hispanic students and 5 International students.  

are you serious
are you serious

@Ghost @are you serious Paul Quinn is open to the public.  Take a second and stop by and see for yourself.  A big concern for me is the eagerness from individuals to criticize or speak upon a topic with little to no knowledge of the subject at hand. I am an avid reader, therefore I am aware of my surroundings.   In fact google PQC.  There are PQC Alums all over the city.  There are successful educators, attorneys, council members, business owners etc. Bill Cosby was there for commencement on Saturday.  There is a lot of positive things going on at PQC.  It is just not a black college.  It is a college for all races.  

Ghost
Ghost

@are you serious Well whose fault is it that most of Dallas never hears about the great things at Paul Quinn? I even said this to the alum of Quinn-you school will be viewed as a joke until you start informing folks about the great things going on there.

There is my issue with all black colleges-they can brag about bands and sport teams-but can't tell you about their academics. 

are you serious
are you serious

@SEMparent @are you serious They both can be of quality!  Please re-read my  my previous post, there are many successful individuals whom attended Paul Quinn College.  My advice to all individuals, would be to follow your heart.  Chose a school that will best benefit the individual.  The goal for all should be to earn a degree, be a productive citizen and give back to society.  I am not understanding your questioning.  Are you insinuating that because a kid go to SEM he/she is somehow better than students whom does not?  Also I want to add I just met a student whom will be attending PQC this fall on a Presidential Scholarship who just so happen to have scored in the top 5% on the SAT.  How many students attending SEM in this category?  Thanks for helping me make my point.  There are bright individuals, CFO of fortune 500 companies, police officers, teachers, working at car dealerships etc.  Please stop with the stereotyping,  look around, I mean Bill Gates story is a start!  The President Of Paul Quinn College earned a degree from DUKE!   If I were you, I would encourage students in becoming the best productive individual possible.  We are all responsible for our own learning.  There are good and bad in everywhere!  Hope this helps!


Last Laugh
Last Laugh

Don't forget there are people locked up in Lew Sterett, Hunstville, and other state prisons who tried to graduate from Paul Quinn College. Their graduation is so low students drop out of college the first week of school. PQC is also considered a pipeline to prison. Crooks who graduated from Yale, Harvard, and Princeton end up as millionaires and Presidents. Crooks who graduated from PQC end up in state penitentiary.

are you serious
are you serious

@Book Fairy @are you serious Just know that really smart kids/student attend many schools. You are entitled to your opinion but trust that students attending various high schools are just as smart at those attending magnet schools.  Also note that common sense will tell us comprehensive high schools are responsible for educating all. Many schools do not have the luxury to select certain type of students.  But as you stated in your post, it is most important to support student seeking to improve their situation regardless of their selected route.  Despite what you believe, you made my point.  Lets support and stop disrespecting others.  Keep your unproven negative opinion to yourself, especially if you are in a position to change lives when parents are not actively involve.  Lead by example is all I'm saying.  As for the grammar, you got my point!  Tell me a time subject verb agreement stopped one from succeeding!  Silly you!

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@are you serious refuses, what's, definitely, counselor, advise, counselor.  What is really going on in society is that there are people with low standards and people with higher standards.  I believe in spelling and grammar....subject/verb agreement and things like that.  I think that an administrator should be able to do those things without fail.  I think that someone who graduates from college should be able to do these things without fail.  I believe that a teacher ESPECIALLY should be able to do these things.  My eyes are wide open.  I apologize if I hit a nerve about PQC but their standards are not very high.  Are SEM kids better educated than students who attend a regular school.  Pretty much. I don't think that is disputable.  Many of them are better educated when they walk in the door for a number of factors, not the least of which is parent involvement.  I would never think less of a person based on where their degree was issued.  I can however evaluate the quality of education at a given institution.  I am glad that we agree that it is important to support students who are seeking to improve their situation regardless of their selected route. That's why we do what we do. 

are you serious
are you serious

The kind of person working in a capacity who refuse to open their eyes to whats really going on in society.  I definetly think councelors should advice students to the best of their (councelor ) ability.  The problem that I am having is that you would publically talk down about an institution of higher learning and insinuate children attending SEM schools are better educated than those who attend a regular school.  This is my issue.  Would I advice my own child to attend PQC, not likely, but will I ever think less than a person whom earned a degree there.  NEVER!!!  I have been around for many years,  you accept people for who they are, wish for the best and support students whom are trying to better improve their lives.  I would be happy for a kid following their dreams in barber college, Devry Institute, Duke and or PQC. You (not even a councelor) can determine anyones destination.  Hope this helps.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

are you serious. Teachers do counsel kids on colleges, especially if they have several choices to consider. We normally would recommend a college with a good ranking and/or one that does not have financial problems. We would be remiss in our duties if. we didn't offer good advice. Many DISD students do not have parents who know much about colleges,so we have to help kids when we know something about the colleges they are considering.

are you serious
are you serious

@Book Fairy @are you serious @Slow news  I pray you don't refer many......It is my hope that whomever you refer or have had conversations about higher learning you did not have any impact on any decisions made.  I think it is terrible for your kind to be in a position to talk to anyone as it relates to higher learning.  You should not judge!  You are entitled to your opinion just as I, but I must mention,  it saddens me to think that you would discourage a person from attending an institute because you THINK it lacks rigor and standards compared to other learning institutions in our area.  You are a product of low quality!  Spreading your opinion without taking the time to seek facts.  Sad!!!  I will pray for you and the students you touch.  So sad!  My opinion is that you are part of the problem.  Misleading our students!

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@are you serious @Book Fairy @Slow news  Am I mistaken that Bishop college lost its accreditation? I have to refer my students to institutions of higher learning every year.  Please tell me why I would direct a student to Paul Quinn over ANY other school in the country?  Who am I to judge? I counsel my students to go to the best possible school they can get into.  In my experience, folks that come from PQ are not exposed to the rigor and standards of other learning institutions in our area.  What is that if not low quality? 

numnum45
numnum45

@SEMparent @are you serious 

The high majority of SEM grads attend Texas state universities.

Your arrogance is truly indicative of major character issues.

Based on your insulting remarks, Mike Miles should have been a superstar superintendent. He is a top grad of West Point.

Hinojosa should be a brain surgeon along with Lew Blackburn. Both hold doctorates from a tier 1 university---UT Austin.

All three of the above are some of the biggest dimwits ever brought to Dallas. Well, excuse me, Lew seems to be homegrown and a complete dullard.

The quest for Harvard, Princeton, yadyadyada is really your thirst for prestige. Your child should be something to brag about like your car.

Let's remember, the Ivies brought us the Great Recession of 2007. Their greed, short-sightedness, and criminal conduct will be with us for a long time. Doesn't seem that Harvard and the rest build ethics into their programs. Instead, entitlement and selfishness were the base of the financial systems that feed off the Ivies.

That war in Iraq, where there were no WMD--pure Ivy League including Stanford. Enron-Stanford on the board, Harvard at the head.

Worshiping SAT scores and status hasn't done much for this nation. Maybe we need to pick our presidents and leaders from medium tier state universities instead of the stars of both political parties who don't seem to share a brain or morals between them all.


are you serious
are you serious

@SEMparent @are you serious Ok,  you missed my point!  I am hopeful that they all are afforded a full scholarship!  I know many SEM students in which this was not the case, as you know this to be a fact as well.  I think  SEM  along with the other magnets are great schools!  I am not taking anything away from this fact.  I only posted a comment because one suggested that it is impossible to be a great leader if you earned a degree from PQC.  This fact I totally disagree.  As a parent many of us wish the best for our children.  The reality is, every student will not earn a full scholarship.  This is why it is very important for us to encourage all individuals to believe and achieve.  I will offer support to any students trying to better people for his/her future. Just so you know AP students most time are just as prepared for college as their counterparts.  Theres no real difference once you earn your HS diploma.  Read the newspaper, students are not graduating college ready.  this applies to the magnets as well.  Lets keep it real!

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Well, since a good chunk of kids at Townview and Booker T don't even live in DISD borders, and do not pay tuition, I find it hard to hear them complain about anything.

My tax dollars already pay for patient dumping by Collin County at Parkland, and at least 2 dozen or more Townview kids use fake addresses.... Glad my money helped them... God forbid MY money would help people who actually live in MY city.

SEMparent
SEMparent

@are you serious Take a poll on all SEM parents. What's the number one reason why they chose to enroll their children to Science and Engineering Magnet? After four years of rigorous AP courses,do they want their children to go to Paul Quinn College? Surely you know the answer. So don't kid yourself, SEM students aim to get full-ride scholarships in tier one and Ivy league universities. 

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