The Marsh Incident

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marsh-facts-of-lifeAccording to a discipline/incident report, something very shocking recently happened on the front lawn of Marsh Middle School in broad daylight. It involved a boy and a girl, and multiple adults called to report what they were witnessing on the front lawn in broad daylight. Did I mention it was in broad daylight?

The Marsh Incident is important and must be publicized for several reasons:

1. It shows what DISD teachers are up against. Behavior-wise, anything goes when it comes to DISD campuses and yet both teachers and principals are expected to perform to the highest standards in the midst of the chaos. No wonder good teachers and principals are running out of DISD like their feet are on fire. And because they’re good, they’re getting hired to impact the lives of other people’s children in the suburbs.

2. This incident shows that after a full school year of opportunity, Mike Miles has done nothing to address the behavior issues that drive the middle class (parents with financial choices) out of Dallas and away from the Dallas businesses that need customers and clients in order to survive. Every small business owner in Dallas should protest to get rid of Mike Miles.

3. It reveals that Mike Miles and Edwin Flores (who both have children attending the school) can’t even fix the DISD school in their own backyard. Why should anyone in Dallas believe a word that either of these men say, much less entrust their children to decisions these types of “reformers” make? Trust me, this is not something anyone wants their child to witness on the way into or out of a school for 6-8th graders.

4. The incident spotlights Miles’ handpicked principals. A handpicked principal from Colorado Springs (hey! Isn’t that where Miles is from?) had been on the campus at least a week. Until the new principal arrived, nothing like this latest shocker had been reported at Marsh. Why is that? Were the faculty and staff suddenly forced to worry about Miles’ nonsense (open doors, LOs, DOLs) instead of bigger, deeper issues?

5. It foretells the consequences of Miles’ funding schemes. If you want more of this on the front lawns of middle schools, just wait until Miles strips middle schools of additional personnel so he can pretend to have his own Harlem Zone.

I wish that I could marshal volunteers to hand out fliers to Marsh parents as they pick up and drop off their children at the school so the parents at least could know what goes on during Mike Miles’ supposed watch. They would be as horrified as we are.

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DISDSUB
DISDSUB

I just found this blog today and have to comment.  I am a 20+ year teaching veteran....and sub in DISD now.  I was going to take a long-term subbing job at one of the biggest high schools.  Two students sent me messages of F@#k you.  I sent referrals to the office...within ten minutes, I was told I would be placed on report!  I should have called the parents, talked with the counselors, etc. before sending a referral!  Really?  I'm a sub.  I didn't have the parents' phone numbers, didn't know the counselors, etc.  I needed help in the classroom now.  I received none.  The students did agree to get off of the computers and to sit at a desk as a form of punishment!  Big whoop! 

I was at a middle school in East Dallas and called the office for help with a young student who was cussing me out because I mispronounced her name!  Nobody came.  Nobody called.  I could have been attacked - nobody called to see if I was okay.  I didn't go back to either of the schools mentioned.  Unfortunately, these schools are considered good ones!  Yeah, right!!!  Disgusting administration!  I could go on and on about the behavior or lack thereof of the administration. 

BillBetzen
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The "Marsh incident" is rather interesting in light of the fact that only 4 of the 35 middle schools indicate that they have a higher number of discipline indicents per student than Marsh.  See http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2013/06/dallas-isd-discipline-reports-by-middle.html.

It is certainly a valid concern about the disciplinary chaos in our middle schools.   See http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2013/06/middle-school-chaos-grows.html   We cannot allow 65 teachers to be removed from our middle school budget in DISD.  With 60% of all discipline reports coming from just 6th, 7th and 8th grades, that should be the last place you remove staff.  More are needed!

Beer in Hand
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@BillBetzen Bill, you know darn well they hide the hard cases and incidents. You know they are pressuring the principals to hide fights, sex incidents and use of drugs, especially those cases with hard drugs in quantities to suggest DEALING is going on  in the school.

BillBetzen
BillBetzen

Some of what you say definitely happens, but look at the schools with the lowest discipline report numbers that are in the more difficult areas of Dallas.  Some of those principals were replaced.  Low numbers that do not reflect reality are NOT what they are looking for.   The only way DISD will ever improve is with the truth!!

abcteacher
abcteacher

@BillBetzen   No one seems to care about the issues of middle school.  It's tough and school administrators are only allowed to do so much before they are negatively impacted with a writeup from Ross.  Parents seemly become involved only when they feel someone is "disrespecting" their children.  They aren't concerned with their child's academics, behavior, and total lack of respect for adults.  The students  curse, dress totally unappropiately, even with uniforms and act/behave like they are in their 30's.  It's really hard and there is no support for the teachers who teaches them or the staff members that supports them. We're doomed for failure and the kids are the real losers without even knowing it. The teachers hands are tied and the district is not advocating for the kids.  Education is becoming a ponzi scheme.

BillBetzen
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abcteacher, there are so many things wrong with middle schools let's start at the beginning.  They should all be closed and we should revert back to community based K-8 schools.  The research is overwhelming!   See http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2012/02/separate-middle-schools-vs-k-8.html   Fortunately there is some agreement within DISD and Rosemont is now in transition to K-8.   People can boohoo the idea of 8th graders near Kindergarden age children, but if they grow up together and you NEVER allow the chaos now in our middle schools, it will not be an issue.  The older students are mentors, are around teachers who have known them by name for years, and the power issues are not presented. 

Juliette Low
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@manyeyes @BillBetzen Look at Dealey International and Stone Montessori, both PK-8. Check out the scores. Check out the feel. They are great. Bill, you are right on.

manyeyes
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@BillBetzen To keep the k-8 students together would also keep the entire system more focused on the process of mastery that underpins human development and academic success.  As it is, the middle school teachers don't understand the elementary process at the macro, much less micro level, and the community that forms around k-8 keeps everybody much more humane.  

As it is, the admins dealing with the 6-8 patterns often look at these kids as nothing more than data, while rumor is their $$ and status is tied to suppressing the discipline issues.  Dangerous game.  

We sat in the principal's final end-of-year meeting, working on yet more aggregated data, and the woman didn't mention the middle school students as individuals once.  Nor did she acknowledge her retiring teachers, teachers who had made significant sacrifices and contributions, or her fallen soldiers.   She lost more than 1/3 last year, she'll lose more than that this year, and she's grinning like somebody's taking her picture with the president.  Teachers met afterward and compared notes on how much violence and bullying they had witnessed across the board this year. Painful end of year.


Book Fairy
Book Fairy

So, is there something in the Student Code of Conduct that addresses sex acts on campus?  What about public lewd and lasciviousness?  DISD loves to micromanage--one should think they'd LOVE to legislate sex acts between consenting minors. 

OH, they don't want to think about it? Ignore it and it will go away? There needs to be something on the books about SEX on a school campus. There is NO time when it is ever okay.  

Am I wrong?


rearview
rearview

Book Fairy,

I think we're dealing with a community that either cannot or will not police itself.  Last night I watched, dumbfounded, on Fox News an interview with a 32 year old man who was the father of........are you ready.....22 children.  22.  And that's only the ones he KNOWS about.  The state pays over $200.00 per month per child; do that math.  Again, cultures within our society at large are the only ones who can solve this.  For us "pale folks" to try and do anything to address this problem will bring out the proverbial charges of racism.  Racism is always the easy ticket to explain it all.  That is BS.......it will take strong community leaders in these cultures to start to stem this tide of unacceptable behavior.  This type of thing has been going on for years and years; however it is only within the last 20 or so that this has become the "in" thing.  There are no consequences for having out of wedlock kids......none.  Instead, the mother is rewarded with government programs which make it easy to get into and stay in that life-style. 

I guarantee you a letter of the type you suggested would do more than "piss off" these parents........they would grab their Teflon Don, John Wiley Price, and it would be the opening segment on Channel 8 News.  And, this district will NEVER address this issue or others that plague them.  First of all, they don't know how.  Why I cannot imagine.  All you have to do is take a look around and see what other districts do.....DUH.  Have the grit to give it a try.  It really isn't rocket science. 

The funny thing, if there is one, about the Marsh incident is that Miles kid goes there........

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@rearview I bet that man doesn't go to parent conferences.  I believe in providing services to help folks in need. I do not believe in paying for some jack-ass to indiscriminately breed.  Is it racism that I feel certain that I know the demographic of this upstanding citizen?  

What was the interview about? 

rearview
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The interview was about the fact that, would you believe it, he can't PAY ANY CHILD SUPPORT.......imagine that!!!!!!!!  But he "loves" his children, although he can't "remember all of their names". 

All  ethnic groups are capable of this behavior, anywhere in the world and among all cultures.  However, this particular demographic seems to corner the market in relation to their over all percentage of the population in the USA.  And no, I do not feel this is racism.  It is what it is, case closed. 

That clear enough? 

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@rearview I think he loves the 11 baby mommas.  Often. What is even sadder is that those women probably think that he's a prize and that one of them will WIN. Like that woman who had 15 children in a hotel room and said someone needed to be responsible and pay for her children. The last ten were fathered by her "fiancee."  I guess no one told her that if he hadn't married her before ten kids that he was not "bona-fide"  Oh, she's had one more since then. 


Book Fairy
Book Fairy

Dear Parent,

I really regret to tell you that your minor child was publicly witnessed by parents, neighbors, students and staff to engage in an inappropriate behavior on the front lawn of the school.  I spend much time modeling the behavior of good citizens for your child.  My modeling did not include what was witnessed on the front lawn.  In fact, I'd feel very uncomfortable discussing such a subject with your minor child.  In case you were unaware, this kind of activity is generally considered illegal and immoral in our community.  There are certainly consequences for your student's choice.  I would hope that you will "counsel" with your minor child about what is appropriate in public and in a school setting.  Please contact me if you need more information. 

Regards,

Stupefied Teacher


Okay, we are supposed to contact parents about undesirable behavior.  Would this letter fulfill the district requirements about parent contact?  Would this piss the parent off because the letter passed some judgement about "appropriate" and "moral"?  


I'm not sure what the district policy is about having sex in the bathrooms at the high schools. I think there is a five day suspension.  I recall a cheerleader and football player being busted in the stalls of the girls' bathroom at a school and a 9th grader being caught charging a dollar per "client" in the bathroom and exclaiming that her "momma don't care what she does 'cause she a stripper."  There are multiple tales about sex on the catwalks above the stage.  I've had a student return from lunch with definite "odure de copulation" scent that she did not have when she left for lunch. 


What do YOU think?



A is for Abigail
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We can't post more details; we have named the school and do not want to violate the confidentiality of the students involved.  As Beer said, they are minors.  We must remain somewhat vague.

The bigger issue is that this behavior is happening at a comprehensive middle school and Miles WILL NOT address behavior issues.

Miles is a coward.  His refusal to confront behavior proves it.

Ghost
Ghost

@A is for Abigail How about you don't post the name of the school in the first place? How does anyone know that this hasn't happened elsewhere? 

In fact how do we know it hasn't happened under previous leaders?

Confidentiality was violated the moment the school got named. 

Because now all the students are painted with the brush of someone did something at that school and nobody wants to talk. That's unfair to all the current students. 

If I'm a parent who elementary feeds into that school-my child wouldn't be going there.

If I'm the parent of a high school that feeds from Marsh-I might be looking elsewhere for a school.

If this is about something of a certain nature-that is nothing new and is not a Mike Miles only thing. Gonzalez, Rojas, Moses & Hinojosa all had that happen during their terms.

Instead of fussing at Miles fuss at the households and community that support that behavior. The same household and community that will send certain pastors, city council members or community bigmouths after you. Because the rules in their opinions don't apply to them.

And the graveyards of Dallas are littered with and prisons are filled with kids from those bad decisions. 



A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Ghost @A is for Abigail The school has to be named to show that Miles' "reforms" are doing nothing to address the fundamental issues that plague DISD and are happening even at his own child's school.

Marsh is Miles' "own backyard" and this is going on?  

You're right that equally awful things are happening at other schools, which is more proof of Miles' failure, but he can always claim with those schools that it happens because of the neighborhood or the school has always been like that, blah blah blah.

He can't make those claims about Marsh.

Keeping silent so as not to affect a feeder pattern is not, in my opinion, the solution.  Getting a new superintendent is.


Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Ghost @A is for Abigail The "Miles Thing" Is his demand that these things get swept under the rug.... He needs the stats to look good, in something. Anything.

marshparent
marshparent

Can you post a copy of the incident/discipline report to which you are referring.  I'd liketo see the details to which you are referring.  I would like to know how the incident was dealt with and the outcome.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@marshparent Guys, figure it out. Two minors did something they should not have been doing, much less, in broad daylight..

No, you CANNOT post the incident report on this. DO they even have it? Have they seen it? Who cares? This involves minors. And this website is probably read by under 18's, too.

Move on, people.

The point was not for you all to become voyeurs, but to note how incidents are now being handled in DISD under this new leadership paradigm.

Ghost
Ghost

@Beer in Hand @marshparent  But this has been going on before Miles. So blaming him won't do any good.

Beer in Hand
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@Ghost @Beer in Hand @marshparent Oh, yes, we CAN blame him and his Mini-Mikes.

He gave principals four months before racking them. He constantly insults us in public. He is putting pressure on the DISD cops to lower the ticket rate and the administrators to lower the referrals and VF rate.

He had a newly placed principal there. One week, one month or one year. He chose them, it is their campus. What was done? What are they doing with anything on campuses this year?

If he can have disruptive change, we can have disruptive criticism.

rearview
rearview

I am not familiar with "Pearl Necklace".  Obviously these kids were doing or were close to doing "the nasty" in full view of everyone.  If you've taught in DISD this is not surprising.  The high school I retired from had an incident like this that was filed by the security cameras......the kids knew they were being filmed and could have cared less.  In fact, they made faces at the camera while the act was in progress.  Another incident involved "head games" which was also filmed......this time the kids were expelled to Village Fair.  It was nothing for our janitors to find used condoms, etc in the rest-room stalls.  That was almost a daily event.  The janitors also regularly found used condoms in the stair-wells.  One of the cleaning ladies walked in a class-room to mop and "SURPRISE"!  She nearly had a heart attack.  I don't know if these little darlings were sent to VF or not.  I have attended ARDS and witnessed the younger siblings of the special ed student  (ages 3-5 usually)  act out sexual scenarios....... 

This is nothing new......maybe the Dallas public at large would find this shocking, maybe not.  What not one even begins to understand, as others have written here so much better than I ever could, is that teachers are always held accountable regardless of the behavior problem.  We are expected to save the world, and teach at the same time.  This won't happen.......teachers can't make up for years of neglect in the few hours per week we see these students. 

Verbal assults and abuse occur every day in this district, along with physical ones.  Most of the time it's swept under the rug.  My husband (who subbed in the high school I taught in) was pushed, cussed out, and given the middle finger salute over and over outside the gym door on one occasion........he reported it, filled out the paper-work......nothing was ever done.  That was the last day he ever subbed in that high school.  The next school year he decided he'd never go back to subbing in DISD and spent a nice peaceful year subbing entirely in Plano and for more money to boot. 

I would be a greeter at Wal Mart before I'd go back to DISD.........

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@rearview Pearl Necklace is a ZZ Top song that refers to oral sex and the woman ends up with a "pearl necklace" of semen.  

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

We won't have any of these problems once the TFA pros show up. Right?

rearview
rearview

Yeah, and the proverble check is in the mail......and please someone post exactly what happened on the Marsh MS front lawn......come on we're all grown-ups here.  This ain't the first time at the DISD rodeo for most of us......just how bad was it?

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@rearview We can't.  If they are the only 2 accused of the behavior, it would identify them.  Yes, we are grown-ups, but they are minors and I personally don't want to cross that line.

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

Somebody tell me what was the incident

Slow news
Slow news

Add this to the district's mishaps. The board is applying for an expedited 2 days of PD after they approved the calendar in January. They just now realized they are out of compliance with TEA instructional days requirements. 

http://sire.dallasisd.org/sirepub/cache/0/wagmq2551kwgqj3rk2y4njrx/41139306092013090235749.PDF

Here's my response. Are you ready? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

E Kim Selim
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A safe and secure environment is always on any Supts evaluation. Look at Terry Grier in Houston.

What an amazing BOT agenda! Did anyone catch the TI Foundation giving the Dallas Education Foundation money to purchase SchoolNet to help evaluate teachers? This means FMM has the support of Dallas big business community.

The DMN blog gave a hint things to come. check out

http://www.partnershipla.org/Our_Approach/Education_Model

Look familiar. They say someone from this org is coming to Dallas. Harry Ervin.

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

What happened at Marsh?  I missed this.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@FamilyGuy Because we are an independent blog and Bill McKenzie in no way profits from visits  to this site, we are the ones who got the info.  You will only hear about what happened at Marsh here.

Ghost
Ghost

http://sire.dallasisd.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=571&doctype=AGENDA

Board Meeting 6-13-13.

And notice what is missing from this.


http://sire.dallasisd.org/sirepub/cache/0/1rvzknbm2pesph55hmhale55/4114010609201307384013.PDF

I thought this was a done deal already. They already did a program for him and everything. Had various bands and former students of him at the program as well.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Ghost Look it up and tell us. ALL DISD policies and regs are online.

Ghost
Ghost

@Beer in Hand Personal Actions are missing. Is that suppose tp be public record? Or is that really optional. I thought it was suppose to be listed.

Ghost
Ghost

Board Brief Meeting-

http://sire.dallasisd.org/sirepub/cache/0/1rvzknbm2pesph55hmhale55/41130906092013072820153.PDF


"Public participation shall begin at 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. on Board Briefing Day and shall be limited to 5 speakers. [See BE(LOCAL)] The Office of Board Services shall track speaker requests and prioritize the list on a first-call basis up to the allowed limit."

No more list of 30 speakers and only 15 show up. While I understand the reasoning but limiting it to only 5 is not right. Why can't they have speakers sign in before the meeting to see who is there?



Ghost
Ghost

It's not official yet. They are just talking about it this Thursday.  I don't see it passing at all. I rather have folks lined up to talk at a board meeting than show up at my house or my kid;s school or something that could turn violent.

I don't know the solution but limiting folks won't work.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Ghost How many are allowed to line up to speak about how many are allowed to line up to speak? LoL.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Ghost WOW! When did they make this change? That says it all- limiting public voice. "We can't even be bothered to pretend to listen." Shameless!!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

The DMN will print a blistering editorial supporting the public's right to access to their elected officials!

BWAHAHAHA!

Nelie Shison Wormsey
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To Point #1....This is what non-teachers, naive superintendents, city mayors, and other big-wigs don't understand about teaching in DISD.  I chose to work in DISD 17 years ago because of the challenge...  Because of the extremely needy and underpriviledged population.  I have had my success stories and I have had my failures over the past 17 years, thankfully the success stories are more abundant.  But, even then, the success stories sound disappointing when you compare them to life in the suburbs.  Then, in come the "reformers" and it then becomes about my job security.  All of a sudden, the "challenge" doesn't seem to be worth it.  Why should I put my livelihood on the line?  I can go to the suburbs and apply what I've learned teaching the 98% in DISD to the 2% in any suburb I want and I'd be a god.

To point#2... This is DISD's biggest barrier to success.  We have got to find a way to keep those 10-20 percenters from hijacking the education of the other 80-90 percenters.  I see it in my kids faces... you know... the ones that actually WANT to learn...when one of those career discipline problems decides to challenge authority... eyes roll, audible sighs of frustration are heard, and the moving train of education has to come to a stop to deal with the problem.  Then when the train starts rolling again, another hitch occurs, before it can even get to full speed.  I remember back in the early 90's, I used to have these great seats to the Rangers games.  They were about 7 or 8 rows behind George W. Bush and Tom Schieffer (one of Bush's partners in the ownership group).  Jose Canseco (a Ranger at the time) was up on deck to bat next.  They were playing Boston.  This kid, who couldn't have been older than 16 was a Boston fan, and he was heckling Canseco as he warmed up to bat.  He laid out an onslaught of wall-to-wall verbal abuse (keeping it clean, no cussing) the whole time Canseco was in the batter's box.  Then, Mr. Schieffer got up out of his seat, walked up the 8 or 9 steps to where this kid was.  In a very calm manner, he said something to the kid (I couldn't hear) and then walked back to his seat.  I didn't hear a peep out of that kid for the rest of the game.  If only it were that easy.  Maybe the problem is that these bigwigs are too big for their own britches.  They are used to saying things and then it happening.  But, it doesn't.  I proctored an ACP test last week in a different classroom in which the kid finished in 5 minutes.  Just bubbled in anything.  Then proceded to disturb the class with incessant tapping on the desk with HER fingers, tapping on the floor with her feet, scratching the back of her chair like a washboard, because I had the audacity to ask her to be quiet because other kids were trying to concentrate.  I probably asked her in a more calm tone than Mr. Schieffer ever could have, but my request had no weight.  And that problem is a direct result of the inept administration at my campus.  I'm sure it is like this at other campuses as well.  Administrators give these kids "free passes" because what education are they going to get when we suspend them?  They will just be at home living it up, watching TV, whatever.  Instead, they are allowed to remain on campus and continue to take away learning opportunities from those who can't afford Hockaday, Greenhill or whatever.  And I'm not saying suspension is the answer, because in the end, we need those kids to do well too.  I don't have the answers.  But, I at least, know and recognize the problems (which is more than I can say for the elected politicians and hired superintendents of today).

Ugh...sorry for the long-windedness. 

Quo Qu ohhh
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@mik534 No, thank you - some of us are made to believe that we are to blame for any disruptive behavior in our classrooms, because we have not set up enough of a climate of fear, called families enough times, etcetera etcetera. Classroom management is certainly an art, especially if you don't believe all children do their best learning in a military encampment. Nonetheless, children of poverty will bring all kinds of aberrant behavior by the very nature of their own young lives. 

Suburban or higher SES kids may act out when a divorce happens. Our kids may act out because they have no functioning birth parents and are possibly getting shuttled to another family friend or put into foster care. They may even be witnessing or victims of various kinds of abuse, which is statistically higher in high-poverty homes. 

Suburban kids may have parents who don't believe in medicating a child with a psychiatric condition. Our kids may lack true access to care if needed, or may have had a parent or guardian selling their ADHD pills for extra cash.

These examples are only the tip of the iceburg, as most reading this already know. And yet "with our help," everything will be equal to classroom experiences in Southlake, Flower Mound, Coppell? That's not even counting private schools.

If we err too far on the side of caring and concerned, we are setting up a permissive classroom environment. It is a terrible balancing act, and administration in DISD is lazy in blaming it all upon teachers while providing actual consequences for only the most extreme cases. Even those may go either way, depending upon campus leadership (see Spruce punching incident and, apparently, the incident which is the focus of this article.)

Oh, and we the teachers are to equalize all the ills of society without consequences for students but with severe and often arbitrary consequences for any perceived "errors" we may make!

disgruntled
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I've posted about this before, but I think it's telling in light of this situation.  At the first TAC meeting, we were given a list of Magic Mike's task forces and asked what could be added to the list.  My group suggested campus safety and security be added to the list.  Of course, at the next meeting, the list of task forces only included Magic Mike's initial list.

A is for Abigail
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@disgruntled He won't put safety and security on his list because he knows he isn't willing to improve it.  He cherry-picks the metrics used to measure him.  He may have gone to West Point, but he is the ultimate coward.

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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."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
3700 Ross Avenue, Box 1
Dallas, TX 75204

Superintendent Mike Miles
milesfm@dallasisd.org

Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
Term Expires 2016
lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
Term Expires 2014
miguelsolis@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
Term Expires 2016
ecowan@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
Term Expires 2016
nbingham@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
Term Expires 2015
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