Well, this is it. Like so many others, I am leaving DISD. Pleasant journeys ahead and great adventures to all who are taking the leap too. We are like Popeye, having all we can stands, we can’t stands no more. We are not quitting DISD, we are leaving Miles. We are not giving up on the students, we are giving up on any chance reasonable people will EVER run this place. We aren’t afraid, we are tired of BEING afraid of “1.5″ spot obs, even though we have been a teacher of the year, or being insulted, over and over, by Miles every time he speaks in public. We will miss our colleagues–but we aren’t dying, we are just moving north, east and some, to the south. Some are going to private schools, and some back into the private sector. We are going to places that value teachers, show respect and give them adequate supplies and support. No place is perfect, but no place is worse than this place.
A final gesture from all who are leaving? Sign up to speak at the next Board meeting. Let them see you, hear you. Tell them how many years we have taught, awards we have won and what will be lost…. If we can get 15 or so to speak in June, and 15 more in August—come on, make them see the loss. The only way to make people see the damage that has been done is to MAKE them see it.
Instructions on how to sign up to speak at Dallas ISD Board meetings can be found in the sidebar. The next Board meeting is June 27. There are no meetings in July.
If you are leaving the district, send the trustees an email. Their email addresses are also in the sidebar. Tell them why you are leaving and what would have convinced you to stay. Tell them what skills and experience you will be taking with you. As always, keep it civil.