Equity or Comparability?

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comparability-equitabilitySchool finance formulas in Texas are difficult enough to comprehend, but the additions of race politics, opaque machinations on Ross Avenue after trustees pass the annual budget, and the ability of some schools to attract volunteers and private foundation monies disturb any sense of per student spend for Dallas public school students.

Definitions of comparability and equity will now become heated discussions as Dallas school trustees debate fairness in funding for the poor children who are spread throughout the city. In order to understand the current budget discussions as they relate to Superintendent Mike Miles’ plan to spend an extra $8 million in only two feeder patterns plus the recently added Madison, background is needed.

Weighted Formulas

Texas has a system of formulas that weight the cost of educating some children as greater than the cost of educating others. While there are state mandates for gifted and talented identification and services (which Dallas ISD does not follow), there is very little money provided by the state and only 5% of students can be identified for a tiny amount of extra funding.

In present state and federal formulas, ESL, special education, career education, and compensatory education are given more money per student identified for services. In addition, the state of Texas provides a high school allotment for each student of $265.

While there is logic to providing more money for students who require additional teachers and certifications, once this money is computed by the state of Texas and sent to Dallas ISD, the money doesn’t have to follow the students who generated it! High schools filled with ESL, special education, low income and CTE students are cash cows, but parents and students would never know it after Ross Avenue distributes the state foundation monies generated by these students to other campuses.

In addition, state and federal laws allow way too much of the money generated by these students to be spent on administrative costs which add to the legions of central administrators. Aside from as much as half the weighted funding being parked at 3700 Ross Avenue, weighted funding isn’t being used to increase per student spend on high school campuses. General education funds for many high school campuses are simply robbed with programmatic funds supplanting general education funds.

Under state law, this is legal. Ethical? No. Students at the poorest Dallas high schools essentially fund programs and students across town as well as positions for central administrators.

Title I Comparability Formulas

Federal Title I funds are intended to add more funding to schools where the majority of the students are low income as identified by participation in the free and reduced lunch program. These federal funds are computed only by the number of Title I students on campus even though programs may be campus wide. Contrary to the rumors, Title I funding is only around $500 per student for the number of students on free and reduced lunches, not the entire campus. Title I funds are supposed to be used to directly impact students. Using Title I for instructional coaches, which is Miles’ intention, needs to be examined by trustees in consultation with TEA and the federal government.

There are other Title programs that can be used for staff development and other purposes.

Dallas ISD was found out of compliance with Title I laws a few years back when the federal government reminded Dallas ISD that there must be comparability between Title I schools and other schools BEFORE Title I funds are added.

Dallas administrators chose a Title I formula that compares the number of FTEs (defined by some as all staff and by others as teachers) on campus before Title I additions are made, but allows 10% discretion above and below the baseline and allows small schools to be in a group by themselves.

This comparability definition was a problem before Miles arrived and has been a disaster the past year. Secondary schools were not even staffed with core academic teachers, much less the additional positions guaranteed in Title I comparability formulas.

That Dallas is out of compliance with Title I comparability due to the ineptitude of Charles Glover and the rest of Human Capital is a fact. Due to Mike Miles’ ability to produce tumultuous teacher churn, and Dallas ISD’s lack of a recruiting proposition for teachers, Dallas public schools will not even have core academic positions filled in its secondary schools in the fall and will be out of compliance again.

Grants and Volunteers

Added to the question of comparability are the extra funds raised by individual schools and the fact that some schools are volunteer and donor rich and some schools have no volunteer participation or extra funding by their communities. Sadly, those schools with the most gifted students also have the advantage in raising donor funds and community support. Former Superintendent Hinojosa was clear that any funds given directly to the schools would be counted as operating funds in Title I comparability models. That whole issue went away when Dallas adopted a faux comparability model that uses staff instead of money for comparability. A look at the physical plant of most Dallas schools is a good indicator of the poverty level of students since upkeep and extras are supplied by some parents while campus blight is a fact in many neighborhoods.

The Harlem Zone Redux

Miles has thrown another wrench in the Title I comparability model with his plan to spend an extra $8 million in two feeder patterns. Comparability issues are a sidenote to the fact that Miles’ plan seems to rest on some vague notion of repeating the Harlem Zone, a New York charter school experiment that has not been proven to be instructionally effective.

Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone model provides a menu of social services to students in the Harlem Zone. The cost per student has risen as high as $16,000 with extra funds provided by philanthropists. (The Harlem Children’s Zone budget for the 15,000 children and adults in 2009 was $40M – a number that did NOT include the approximate $12,000 per child state contribution nor the wrap-around social services component of an additional $40M nor the $20M contribution to the $200M endowment. In the entirety of Dallas County there was an estimated $3M in charitable giving to education last year. All of which begs the question, “Would Dallas philanthropists really step up to the plate for this type of long term and very expensive commitment?”)

When queried about his plans for the extra $8 million Miles wants spent on basically two feeder patterns in Dallas ISD, Miles gave no details and circled around any actual details of a plan that was already turned down for Race to the Top funding by the federal government.

Whatever cards Miles is holding close probably would disclose more micromanaging of teachers, more layers of administrators, a longer school day, pay for performance, more tutoring, and nothing of interest. There seems to be little substance in Miles’ model which is also not sustainable.

In northwest Dallas, Thomas Jefferson High School has a comparable level of poverty as Pinkston,  Lincoln and Madison. It needs 42 teachers in the fall. A mom from TJ followed Mike Miles around this past school year from Open Mike to Open Mike trying to get the superintendent’s attention regarding the fact that Jefferson had double digit teacher openings all year.

Poverty in Dallas school children is pervasive across the city. Any plan to soak two feeder patterns with funding will be at the expense of other children, the same as robbing low income high schools to provide funding for central administrators and other schools comes at the expense of Sunset, White, Adamson and other high schools with the lowest amount of revenue per student.

Pleasant Grove, old East Dallas, Vickery Meadows, north Oak Cliff, and northwest Dallas don’t have funds to lend from their schools to satisfy Miles’ plans, and they have levels of poverty and need as deep as the two targeted areas.

Trustees need to dig into the guts of campus budgets and ask many more questions.

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PleaseNo
PleaseNo

Perry Alert: Chatter has it that Perry may veto HB5 that gets rid of much of the EOC tests. This equates to 50% of DISD students not graduating on time.

Guess Bill McKenzie and Bill Hammond along with Margaret Spelling are working their magic.

Maybe we can send these kids over to the Bush Institute and let Margaret show us how to get them through high school on time.

TheyVoted
TheyVoted

Poor Morath. If he weren't so offensive and arrogant, I would almost feel sorry for his insecurity. In his lesson in democracy he failed to mention how he came into office. He actually got more votes in that demonstration than for the office he holds. For those of you who do not remember, he got none, 0, nil. For prior to the election he made the rounds to those considering a run and talked them out of it. Used his bank account as his qualifying attributes and no one filed. Insecure? Afraid he might lose? Absolutely. So again his insecurity, as was evident in the body language for the brief time he did speak, took hold and he did his little exercise, trying to win favor and cheers from those whom he is closest in maturity, the graduates. Although he has loved the publicity, the attention, the interviews, deep down inside he knows as we do that the graduates voted against listening to him, as so many of us wish we could when he opens his mouth at the board table.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Was Morath supposed to give the commencement speech at Hillcrest? He didn't...was he pulled?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Reading the Eric Celeste column in D magazine was too funny. It's refreshing that a journalist points out what many of us have known for some time: the DMN makes no sense when it tries to softpeddle Miles' gargantuan goofs. Nice to see a journalist say the DMN makes no sense, which seems to carry more weight than the opinions of thousands of teachers. I'm hoping for more articles that specify what we know----the DMN is covering for Miles' arrogance and poor leadership skills.

CanUSpellRECALL
CanUSpellRECALL

Legislation just waiting for Rick Perry's signature. Good bye board members:

S.B.ANo.A122

AN ACT

relating to the removal from office of a member of the board of

trustees of an independent school district.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTIONA1.AASection 87.012, Local Government Code, is

amended to read as follows:

Sec.A87.012.AAOFFICERS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL. The district

judge may, under this subchapter, remove from office:

(1)AAa district attorney;

(2)AAa county attorney;

(3)AAa county judge;

(4)AAa county commissioner;

(5)AAa county clerk;

(6)AAa district clerk;

(7)AAa district and county clerk;

(8)AAa county treasurer;

(9)AAa sheriff;

(10)AAa county surveyor;

(11)AAa county tax assessor-collector;

(12)AAa constable;

(13)AAa justice of the peace; [and]

(14)AAa member of the board of trustees of an

independent school district; and

(15)AAa county officer, not otherwise named by this


1section, whose office is created under the constitution or other

law of this state.

SECTIONA2.AAThis Act takes effect immediately if it receives

a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as

provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this

Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this

Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

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retiredteacher
retiredteacher

While at an appointment this morning, I happened to see today's DMN, which had a supportive editorial about FMM and the search to replace Oberton. I cannot see why the News remains so supportive of FMM, one fiasco after another. Now I read that Alan King is also leaving. Is it because he realized that the BOT didn't want a REAL AUDITOR, only a fake one who would not raise questions about hijacking Title I monies and other dubious spending?

So Miles cannot keep anyone on his staff, and now the BOT cannot even  keep someone they appointed to oversee Miles! As Shakespeare so aptly had a character in Hamlet utter, "Something is rotten in Denmark."  Just change Denmark to Dallas.

S54 Time
S54 Time

I feel like we are the last school district in Texas to still be going..............So jealous of everyone who's done.  Anyone else out there have a school with a "real plan" for these endless last days?  I feel like a babysitter :(

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

RE: Alan King departure

His appointment in January by the BOT was announced as temporary.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130110-dallas-isd-trustees-rehire-alan-king-to-temporarily-run-the-internal-audit-department.ece

Given the revolving door at 3700 Ross Avenue, wouldn't it be more efficient and realistic for DISD to advertise the salary for all future executive positions at a daily rate rather than an annual rate?

Should the US Postal Service consider, for the sake of efficiency, opening a substation at 3700 Ross Avenue to handle the high volume of "No Longer at This Address" and "Forward" mail?

Should the BOT pass a resolution naming the Abbott and Costello classic "Who's on First" routine as the official performance of the district?

Does TFA have a "Manage for America" division?

Are moving companies offering bulk rates to 3700 Ross Avenue?

Is the question, "How long were you at your previous position?", still on the DISD executive employment application?

Are there "Months of Service" celebrations held at 3700 Ross Avenue?

Will the line item for stationary printing in the new budget be dramatically increased? Will the BOT restrict executive letterhead and business card reorders to 50?

El Tamaulipas
El Tamaulipas

I came into to teaching with a bit of naivete I was thinking I would change kid's lives and the typical mushy cliche stuff. What I found was an incredibly rigid inflexible system and I really feel for the children at times.  I was a DISD kid I went to three different elementary schools, Titche mainly. After elementary I would go to DESA and Skyline. If there is something that has irked me about teaching elementary is how cold and distant it seems to be from how I remember it 15 to 18 years ago. A complete lack of recess a lack of field trips and severely limited social interaction between the children themselves makes me feel for the kids. 

At the same time I also realize that unless we as a country are willing to tackle problems like functional illiteracy amongst and often times unjust criminal justice system, mainly the War on Drugs. In simple terms "It's the poverty stupid." 

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

FMM and Title I comparability solutions.

Comparability Issue #1: Affluent neighborhood schools have better teachers, higher salaries than poorer neighborhood schools.

Solution:Lie and declare effectiveness of teachers to be independent of experience, remove experienced teachers from all neighborhood schools and since most come from affluent neighborhood schools the salary difference gets less. Churn over teachers yearly at poor neighborhood schools but take the difference in salary savings to impose private rich white man solutions on poor kids that extend torture of massive drill and kill to tests by extending day and year and bringing in tutors with no real structural change, then declare extra supplemental funds are used to solve problem.

Comparability Issue #2: Affluent neighborhood schools get more non-targeted funds not in comparability calculations.For example, affluent neighborhood schools tend to be smaller with a higher per pupil cost, parent and corporate giving slides under the radar, or more courses are offered at affluent neighborhood schools resulting in more teachers per 1000 students.

Solution:Provide instructional coaches evenly across district independent of need.Disproportionally remove principals from campuses in poor neighborhoods based on affluent neighborhood standards and then declare “no excuses.”The unstable home life is now matched with unstable school life in schools of poor neighborhoods.Establish a biased growth model for firing principals and teachers that ignores affluent family influences like emphasis of education in the home, extracurricular resources, family cohesion then compares students in the same buckets as a measure of so called fairness.Create a super zone with extra resources (feeder pilot) using partial private funds as the rationale to shift funding targeted funds from other schools.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Capitalism has come to public education. There's a dollar to be made. Case closed.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

HEY, MR . MILES..... EOC-STAAR SCORES HAVE BEEIN IN DISD FOR A WEEK NOW. MIND sharing how we did with the teachers who did the teaching?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Where is Alan King, the BOT appointed auditor? What is he doing to earn his large paycheck? Will he ever speak?

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

An HR person told me today they are filling positions quickly and have had lots of applicants.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

After finding out today that we have had positions cut fort next year---they will NOT Be filled as great teachers continue to walk out the door, it is all on Miles' back. We will make sure all know it, and we will make sure he is gone by December. Mark my words. GONE.

He is losing supporters week, by week. The trustees are too cowardly to man up and admit they made a mistake, which---believe it or not, we would gladly FORGIVE them for, if they would just admit it, buy him out and start over.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Hinojosa claims we lose $100 million in federal funds if we fund the Learning Centers due to comparability and equalization issues. Miles says we can fund exactly the same schools plus their receiving high schools and it is not an issue. Mike Moses promised to continue funding the Learning Center and Magnets as a stipulation for being removed from the Federal Court order.

When the district won a large NSF grant back in the 1990s it was considered supplemental funds which served the same functions as Title I and Title II and were therefore considered exempt from Title I equalization during the pilot stage.

I wish someone would just make up their minds.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@TheyVoted Yes, was wondering if anyone else noted the immense irony hanging above his "hardly anyone votes" bit, given how he came to his current position! I actually thought, for a moment, that he was admitting to being a cautionary example against voter apathy.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@Persona non grata Oberlton had nothing to do with Miles being overworked. It was his arrogance and refusal to consult those who understand the district’s history that did him in

Bilingual teacher
Bilingual teacher

The same day the board was supposed to evaluate Miles and Blackburn decided not to do, was they day Alan King decided to notify he's leaving on August... Interesting...

Curious
Curious

@E Kim Selim I am not disagreeing with you, but I am curious as to what your definition of an 'affluent neighborhood school" is?  What schools are those? Does it matter if there are few to none 'affluent' students in those schools?

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Since you want to tie test scores to pay---funding, staffing....

scantrons
scantrons

@Beer in Hand  We got ours today, and they were dismal in a couple of areas.  My new idea--since MM wants parental involvement, how about having them observe their little dears taking the test?  Maybe we could get some serious participation, or at least some buy in into fixing this hopelessly broken system.

JustMeBeingMe
JustMeBeingMe

But are they highly qualified? I highly doubt it.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

@E Kim Selim What mind!  Check out BOT Morath's speech at Woodrow's graduation!  No wonder they hired Miles.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Good point. "Affluent" was wrong term as most schools are at least 70% free lunch. Perhaps a better term would privileged versus non-privileged. However, there is clearly a dual system of schools based on access to resources. Do you really think Adamson, Madision, Spruce can attract good AP teachers anymore? Sunset and Molina had some of the best. I hope they are still there. I hope Woodrow gets IB going again but IB started at SOC. Will they get IB again? The BOT was shown a list of SAT/ACT scores based on a cut point, 1100/24, that implies college readiness due to schooling but clearly the higher the poverty rate of the school the lower the % below the cut point. They should have shown the same list but for only students on free lunch. A different story would emerge.

rearview
rearview

Hey Scantrons

When will the  high school results be on-line for everyone to view?   

Hang in there old buddy.......thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@scantrons @Beer in Hand See, they think we did not talk to each other. I KNOW other ISD's have given out the scores--they are there.

The need for control is beyond Miles. It is in the DNA of 3700.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@JustMeBeingMe I'm sure some are, but they are bodies to put in front of children. That's really all FMM wants. Oh and if they buy into his ego driven dictatorship.

stop the insanity
stop the insanity

@Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim Well, hopefully he made the point that the voter turnout is so dismal that parents need to get out and take back DISD.  He is just making our case for us.  DISD parents, please vote these fools out!  

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

PSAT and SAT verbàl sections are really close reading and vocabulary tests. Those skills can be taught but not w/o concerted, commited effort starting in 6th grade. There are vocabulary materials that stress PSAT/SAT words, and the district used to use them, but it was never embraced by all. High poverty kids know many fewer words when they enter school, so they start behind and fall further behind as they get older.Vocabulary building and difficult reading can improve scores if they are well taught and kids can see the words being used. Scores càn be raised, but you can't wait till high school to start.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I guess that is why it is called an aptitude test and not an achievement test. Aptitude is fairly stable. You bring up a good point. If Readi-step, PSAT and SAT scores change little then the scores are not a function of schooling as much as aptitude. Why did FMM compare principals and schools based on these scores. The mind boggles over the naive use of data. Aptitude might be cumulative learning over many years,, yet we label high schools

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Curious @Michael MacNaughton @E Kim Selim  We don't test seniors as they go out the door. Most take PSAT as sophomores, SAT as juniors and/or seniors. The PSAT is a predictor of college readiness, and SAT scores usually don't change too much from there. If the kid has done much vocabulary prep and has read hard works, both non-fiction and fiction, the score may go up some, but it won't be huge.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Low poverty versus high poverty seems the correct phrase for DISD.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I agree 100% in a diagnostic approach.. AP was just an example. However, I would rather expose 25 kids to AP Calc AB and have them fail than no exposure past preCalc.

Even College Board says do not use SAT scores in isolation, consider GPA, courses taken AND below 1110 does not imply lack of college readiness. Someone is just trying to manipulate data to justify decisions at the BOT level.

Curious
Curious

@Michael MacNaughton @E Kim Selim As far as offering appropriate resources ,is offering a full menu of AP courses to students without the reading skills to be successful in them a wise use of resources? Let's have a College Reading course for freshmen to get them prepared. Why do we even use the SAT ? I would rather see us use tools like the Nelson Denny Reading Assessment or the Texas Higher Education Assessment. Besides, testing seniors as they go out the door tells us something, but helps them not at all.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Yep. Search for Mike Marder the head of UTeach at UT. He has a nice presentation on YouTube and an interactive database on his website.

There are no examples of any high school in Texas with more than 10% reaching 1110/24 on SAT/ACT and more than 75% free lunch unless it is a small (<100) school. The bottom line is nobody has determined how to get high poverty schools up and those who claim "no excuses" better have an example of where it truly works. Blaming teachers and principals solves nothing and furthers the instability at those schools.

JustMeBeingMe
JustMeBeingMe

That would be correct. Those that took it, did write that the questions were vague and misleading. Its only purpose is so the district can state via DMN that all stakeholders support this initiative, even if it is a complete and total lie.Did you check out the part at the bottom where it stated 82% agreed with the 8 premises of the new eval? However that is based on only 2,000 out of 10,000 taking the survey. Soooo misleading.

disgruntled
disgruntled

@JustMeBeingMe Was it the SBDM survey?  When we went through it, the community members were really angered/and frustrated by how disingenuous the survey was. The consensus was that the survey was written in a vague manner that would result in positive responses for what Miles wanted to hear.

JustMeBeingMe
JustMeBeingMe

I absolutely agree. We took some kind of survey today concerning the new eval. Of course the questions were loaded to make FMM look good. I put mine in the trash. Should teacher's pay differentiate based on student performance? On the road to what he did with teacher salary in Colorado and the ZOMBIES (BOT) continue to remain spine challenged.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Beer in Hand  Blog posts don't always have to pertain strictly to the topic, that's how we learn from one another.  As far as I see it, the Morath debacle at Woodrow's graduation is on topic enough for me!

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@dallasres @A is for Abigail @Beer in Hand @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim He is an arrogant no-nothing who lives in an echo chamber where all he hears is praise about himself.  He's his own biggest fan.

He's been a trustee for awhile now and things are a disaster, but he lacks the quality of humility so he will never look in the mirror and ask himself what role he has played in the district's failure.

Trust me--he will vote to do whatever Miles wants with this wannabe Harlem Zone (Miles has never had an original idea) regardless of how it will rip funding away from other kids.

dallasparent
dallasparent

@A is for Abigail @Beer in Hand @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim   Some kids might of thought it was funny, but I have to agree it was borderline condescending and inappropriate.  Did it get everyone's attention?  YES!  It's obvious he didn't want to  make a "flowery speech", but he could of been more prepared.  He is not your typical politician.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Beer in Hand @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim Not really.  Morath will be one of the trustees rubber-stamping Miles' plan to rip off most of the kids in the district in order to fund his wannabe Harlem Zone.

Morath needs to be exposed so that his vote will not be respected and seen for what it is.

Also, I wonder how the Woodrow parents will feel when they figure out that any fundraisers they do will count against them--that Miles will expect them to use the money to pay for a teacher or something so he can channel more money to his Grand Scheme.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Rear View Mirror @CMF @A is for Abigail @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim 

You are so right about that- he may have made enough money to be considered upper class by income, but he has no class by his behavior.

He speaks a lot about graduation rates- did he take this opportunity to congratulate these students for persevering to graduation?  Did he praise them for it? 

He spoke at a recent board meeting in praise of teachers.  Not many people listen to or attend board meetings. He had an opportunity to reach a wider audience and to thank the teachers at Woodrow very publicly.  He chose not to.  

He often speaks of the need for more parental engagement- did he praise the parents who attended for their involvement in their children's lives, and encourage them to continue that?

He seemed as though he wished he were anywhere else in the world instead of being at this graduation ceremony, and it showed. 

When he was a student, he may have felt a certain way about his own graduation ceremony.  He should not have generalized his feelings to all the students and families present that night.  For many, this was a huge milestone in their lives, and for him to treat it as a joke or some kind of "lesson in democracy" was offensive.

Perhaps he has secretly been jealous of Jeff Bliss and wanted his very own viral video.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@A is for Abigail @Rear View Mirror @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim As I stated on a previous post, I was there for my daughter and was stunned by Morath's ridiculous "speech", totally immature.  I was sitting with the valedictorian's family and I looked over at their surprised faces once he said "God bless Woodrow" and walked off!  I have tried not to go into it for the sake of my child who needs to remember graduation as a happy event.  Woodrow is a good school and I was disappointed to witness some of these non memorable,  (for the wrong reasons), moments.

On a side note, the IB position at Woodrow is being filled and as of last week, Richardson was interviewing candidates.  I still don't get why the current person, as well as all DISD program directors, was forced to resign.  

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Rear View Mirror @Woodrow Alum @E Kim Selim As a parent, I would have been horrified and offended.

Mike Morath is immature and ruined a big moment for lots of parents and kids.

The only silver lining is that, like Edwin Flores, he has publicly revealed his lack of depth to everyone who was there and many others who will view the video because of this blog.

We need to continue to post this clip to as often as possible so that everyone can see it.

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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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elizabethjones@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2014
mmorath@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
Term Expires 2015
danmicciche@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
email coming
(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2015
benutall@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833