And 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.