Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Dallas ISD Trustee’s Guide to Superintendent Training

There’s a classic Gary Larson cartoon that has a dog owner sternly admonishing his dog to “stay out of the garbage!” or else. The dog, listening intently, hears “blah, blah, blah.” Dallas ISD trustees should tape this cartoon to their

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Pointing Fingers

There’s probably a wiki-how page out there on it. Maybe it’s taught in Journalism 201. The reality is Dallas news media is engaging in a marathon session of POINT THE FINGER at Dallas ISD that puts Wendy Davis’s Texas Senate

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Why I Didn’t Sign Up for Summer School

Thousands of kids showed up for Summer School this week and I, for one, was not there to greet them. Teaching in DISD is a hard job; teaching Summer School in DISD is even harder. During the regular school year,

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We Gotta Kill This Switch

That squealing sound you just heard was Kevin Smelker and Charles Glover peeling out of the DISD parking lot and heading for who-cares-land. Once again, disarray takes over 3700 and who will suffer? The very kids the “reform community” claims

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Could Bill McKenzie Be a Bigger Fool

Bill McKenzie of the Dallas Morning Snooze is at it again. McKenzie continues to spread his special brand of journalistic fertilizer, and as it heats up in Dallas, the stench can be overwhelming. His last little blog heralded the great

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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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Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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Superintendent Mike Miles
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Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
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lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

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

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

Nancy Bingham
District 4
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(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
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(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
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North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
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Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
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(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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