Many DISD teachers have commented here that they are leaving the district; some are leaving the teaching profession altogether while others are going to different districts. We are sad to see many of our best and brightest leaving but we understand their actions and what has driven them to the point of leaving.
The trustees, however, are lacking this understanding. They have been warned over and over again by the teachers, the education professionals, what would await the students in the fall if the “Miles’ machine” was not stopped. Miles’ program has NOT been about removing bad teachers and principals. It has been all about compliance.
We need an old-fashioned “Roll Call.” We cannot trust Charles Glover, the head of Human Capital Management, to give the trustees an accurate number of vacancies at each school. Therefore, we are asking teachers to please comment on this site and report the number of vacancies at your school. Remember, this site is completely anonymous, but do be careful not to include any information which might identify you to other readers. Please list details such as which school, what teachers are leaving (i.e., math, science, bilingual, elementary grade, etc.), and how many total vacancies are known so far.
The numbers at this point are shocking and will only increase as the July deadline for notification draws nearer. The administration is already having trouble staffing summer school, which is a red flag as in years past these were positions which were highly sought by teachers.
We are not asking for this information to encourage teachers to leave DISD. We want the trustees and the public to understand the damage that one year of Mike Miles has done to our district. They can talk about “reform” all they want, and all the theoretical reasons they think their plans should work, but no plan will work if the teachers are not included and on board with the strategies. No one can force a teacher to accept employment at a job they do not want.