Edwin Flores Again, Seriously?

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edwinThis little item just appeared on the board briefing agenda for Thursday, August 8, 2013:

Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Ad Hoc Teacher Evaluation Commission to be Chaired by Attorney Edwin Flores (Sponsored by Eric Cowan and Superintendent Mike Miles)

The same Edwin Flores who infamously declared, in reference to teachers, that “we pay for 8 hours, we’re going to get 8 hours”?

The same Edwin Flores whom many believe was instrumental in getting a teacher placed on administrative leave for merely sending him an email voicing dissent over the additional 45 minutes added to the teachers required time?

The same Edwin Flores who voted to illegally extend his term as school board trustee?

The same Edwin Flores who allowed then-Superintendent Hinojosa to “lose” $65 million in the budget, resulting in the RIF of hundreds of teachers due to his lack of oversight?

The same Edwin Flores who was on the board which brought the scourge of Mike Miles to Dallas ISD?

Does Edwin Flores have ANY background in education which would qualify him to chair a commission which will recommend a new teacher evaluation system? Has he been a teacher himself, or has he been a professor in any university education department? Has he done anything besides “read the research” on teaching, which qualifies him as an armchair expert and no more? Is he even certified to be a teacher appraiser? 

The only real qualifications he possess are that:

  1. he will take a bullet for Miles,
  2. the “powers that be” want him there,
  3. he will push through Miles’ teacher evaluation program, including pay for performance, as directed by #2, and
  4. he is a previous trustee and has missed pushing teachers around.

A city such as Dallas has many, many people more qualified than Edwin Flores from which to choose. We have several large universities and respected programs which have Schools of Education: UTD, UNT, UTeach, just to name a few. We should ask some of their experts to chair this committee, since they are in the field of educating teachers and probably know best what good teaching looks like.

Dallas ISD would surely benefit from the involvement and expertise of these professors, who would be able to discuss the art and science of teaching with greater authority than a patent attorney. Why don’t we take advantage of the vast resources available in our own back yard, instead of constantly calling on the same old unqualified but politically connected folks?

In addition, what ever happened to the new teacher evaluation plan which was started under Hinojosa? We spent over $1 million on it (with $2 million budgeted) before it was scrapped when Miles entered the scene. Community meetings were held, faculty and SBDMs had submitted feedback, much time was spent in board briefings updating the board on the progress, and suddenly, it was gone. All that time, money, and work- just disappeared.

So now we will appoint a commission, which will undoubtedly recommend a study or a consulting firm to formulate a new plan, and by Texas law, we will have to once again “consult with the campus planning and decision-making committee on each campus in the school district”. More money taken from the classroom, because we refuse to correctly implement PDAS and instead want to spend more money to develop our own plan.

Dallas ISD has already gotten itself into plenty of messes due to relying on people who were never qualified for the positions they were given. For example, Claudia Rodriguez was chief of HR under Hinojosa, despite having no HR training. She had been elevated from the principal ranks. She was followed by Charles Glover, who again had no formal HR training, only experience as a recruiter. Who is there now? Carmen Darville, someone (again) with only recruitment experience. Not only do we now have a record number of teaching vacancies, but HR had a benefits snafu this summer which affected many teachers negatively. Much of the current disastrous situation can be attributed to the continued lack of HR experience of the various people hired to be Chief.

Why are we asking a lay person, who has a tarnished reputation with the teachers and the public, to chair a committee to evaluate our teachers? Edwin Flores is a well qualified patent attorney and he should stick to doing the things he for which he is trained. The recommendations of this commission will have a huge impact, for better or worse, on our teaching force- those who have the most impact on student achievement. Surely, we can do better than Edwin Flores.

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Sinking Ship
Sinking Ship

I will NOT vote for Mayor Mike again!  He should be focusing on the citizens of Dallas and the inadequate city workers he has:  animal control division, 311 service request ops, and code compliance officers.   If he would put as much attention and effort into these departments,  as he is in kissing FMM's a**,  we would be on track in having a much nicer city.  

FlyontheWall
FlyontheWall

Just a rumor,  Piston Honda not going anywhere.  Have another beer and slice of pizza.

Disturbed
Disturbed

Brett Shipp said the other day that some of the teachers are working 8hrs and not the 8.5 required by the district, well pay them 8.5 and Flores himself stated as the article suggests we pay you 8hrs we are going to get 8hrs and that is what you are getting from these drivers.  Who gave this directive to DCS to give to the teachers?  Is DCS out of their mind being responsible for DISD's decisions.  Poor public relations decision there. 

Disturbed
Disturbed

Who is this Wanda Paul lady from DISD?  Saying that the teacher drivers from DISD are not putting kids first.  Sounds like to me that getting up early and getting home late is more than servicing the needs of DISD students.  We are not talking about working a cash register at Best Buy @ 1pm, when they are supposed to be at Lincoln HS.  Give me a break these people at DISD and Mike Miles make me sick.  This is his knife cutting the achilles of these 37 teachers.

Undertheradar
Undertheradar

This was my response from Ms Jones to an email arguing against P4P. She's bright and articulate but seems to have her mind made up on this, though note she never refers to P4P."Mr.__________I respect all teachers, and want children to have the best. It appears that you are one such teacher, thank you for your service to __________.This year's turnover is very concerning, something that trustees have not been given much insight into by the Administration. Too much turnover has been proven to negatively impact test scores and campus culture (there are some great studies by several national and objective independent sources on this very point). You want to come down hard on Trustees, but we do not run the day to day, nor is that our job. We set the direction, and hold the leadership accountable. Constructive input we receive to guide the direction is helpful, and I welcome such information and insights to help shape our decision-making. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with your concerns or suggestions.As you are no doubt aware, I for one, will continue to make sure our best teachers are paid in keeping with the market (as we know they are not) and will specifically make sure that the district stop playing this never-ending stipend bait and switch with our STEM teachers.

With kind regardsElizabeth Jones"

I'll trust her not to out my name to the Administration. She seems principled. If she disappoints me, I probably wasn't going to be here much longer anyway. If she doesn't, maybe there's hope.

tiredofthenonsense
tiredofthenonsense

Anyone hear that there will be a news conference this afternoon with a BIG announcement?

Always the Advocate
Always the Advocate

Shall I say more resignations next year...Flores needs to stay away - far, far away from anything related to teachers!

MEMO
MEMO

Carla Ranger

Pay for performance promotes adult cheating for dollars and exploits children for money - Dallas ISD does not need another commission with a corporate reform bias.

http://carlaranger.blogspot.com/


Undertheradar
Undertheradar

I wrote to Jones on P4P, as she would be my closest Trustee if I didn't live in Collin.  She seems to be going with the Miles group on this.  I thought she was the "smart" one?

verydissapointedWPE
verydissapointedWPE

Why does any of the unions object this? Edwin Flores is a very negative addition to any DISD process since he only sees what MM wants him to see....

EmilyT13
EmilyT13

A DISD chief plagiarized a powerpoint and thinks no one figured it out.  Isn't that academic dishonesty at its finest?

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Aren't the bus drivers paid by the county? If so (and they may not be), how can someone demand that you resign a job with another company? Should Floyd then have to choose between DISD and Fecal? If I worked at Office Depot and DISD, would that be a conflict or problem since Office Depot is a vendor? Isn't that what the county is to DISD, a vendor? How is this legal? I know it's just another way of getting back at teachers (another is Edwin the "we pay for 8 hours, we'll get 8 hours" Flores), but if someone were to question a lawyer, is this a legal stance?

This idiot really is pulling ALL the strings now. What does he have on the BOT and Rawlings?

Deja vu
Deja vu

Remember when Michael Hinojosa was up for a gig in Las Vegas? He didn’t get the job, then lied saying his heart was still in Dallas. He took another job in Georgia.

Well, by quitting DISD, Hinojosa will collect $180,000 per year from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Déjà vu, will it happen again with Commander Miles?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

WTF??!!

UNANIMOUS BOT vote to hire FMM? It was 8-1!

"And agree or disagree, who could want to start over with another superintendent search? It would be in the hands of roughly the same school board that unanimously hired Miles. And his departure under these circumstances makes the job exponentially less attractive to potential candidates, if any exist."

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130807-editorial-miles-public-private-lives-collide-in-decision-to-move-family.ece

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I often cannot submit a blog response on my Ipad.  It just freezes up. Does anyone else have this problem?

Bewitched
Bewitched

Sign out when going to restroom and lunch off campus yes

oakcliffteacher
oakcliffteacher

Anyone else notice that the website to request service records is not working and hasn't been for the last 3 days? 

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

"Trying to toilet train a 3-week old baby is an absurd example of the thinking that occurs when a complicated solution (designing a flow chart for teaching toilet training) meets a complex problem (a baby that feeds continually, sleeps 20 hours a day, and soils her diapers repeatedly). Inevitably, the toilet training flow chart gets adapted again and again until the baby is ready to be toilet trained—a year or more later. Or consider a less absurd example of the pay-for-performance plans imported from complicated business systems to be installed in complex school districts. The pay-4-performance policy will get adapted repeatedly and, over time, will become unrecognizable to designers and promoters."

http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/the-difference-between-complicated-and-complex-matters/

Retaliation Time
Retaliation Time

If Miles is allowed to eliminate teacher/bus drivers’ jobs, then this must be a sign he might be here for a while.

OMG! Can anyone name a position that he is NOT micromanaging?

What next? Teachers have to thumb out when going to the restroom.

Whatever
Whatever

We live in a time where pretty much anybody can blow into town and say, "I'm gonna change everything!" and everyone runs after him like sheep without a shepherd. 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@MEMO Evil forces are out again, this is why the system and the national government is so rotten. We know about Mrs. Ranger voted no. So! The question is why is the paper bent out of shape telling that the BOT voted unanimously to hire Floyd. I guess the paper wants to blame the whole BOT.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

From the link:

"I have voted against pay for performance. I will continue to vote against it for reasons that are obvious:

It is a part of the corporate education reform model to privatize public education.

It exploits children.

It corrupts adults.

It promotes cheating for dollars.

It creates competition - not collaboration.

It places a dollar sign on student test success.

It does not work in public education."

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@Busy Teacher You can show them all the data you can find, but they really don't care. They are still promoting the concept of lazy teachers and  3 month summer vacations. From the comments on other blogs, a lot of the public buys into this. That way they won't be taken to task for such stupid ideas.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@EmilyT13 I'm sure that he will claim since he changed a couple of words, it wasn't plagiarized!

If you do the same song and dance as you did before, did you plagiarize yourself?

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Rear View Mirror BTW, agree with your points, but Office Depot and Sam's are no longer DISD vendors.  Apparently the district owes them money.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Deja vu Nope! Your information is totally wrong. Dr. Hinojosa has some serious time invested in TRS. It means that he was entitled to FULL retirement. BTW, he was a SUP. in Texas before coming to Dallas ISD. TRS will not pay to anyone that dose not meet retirement policies. The first one is being at least 55 years old. Second being Bested with the minimum amount of years. Floyd will get crapola from TRS only what he put in minus taxes.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@Deja vu Well at least Mikey won't be able to collect from TRS. Of course that's a moot point since he'll make more than I ever will collect with his severance pay. The BOT and their lawyers certainly don't understand saving money do they? Oh, that's right, it isn't theirs.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?

That's the best DMN has to offer?

Is that what the much trumpeted "business model" corporations do as their stock sinks and customers bail? Is that what the business "leaders" do in Dallas? They keep a hopelessly deficient CEO and tell stockholders that it's too scary to try a leadership change after a year?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

"Sweetheart, Daddy is an abussive womanizing drunk, cheat and deadbeat; but I don't want to go through that dating-romance-shaving-showering-dating process again. So let's just stay the course and try to stay out of this way."

Is that it DMN?

Whatever
Whatever

@Persona non grata    Trying to potty-train an infant is like trying to force a kid to read before he/she is really ready.   

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Persona non grata, tell them why the state of Texas did away with that P4P. Later, tell them why uncle Perry only funded one year the P4P after the state took the funding away?

One for the road
One for the road

The EDs are the same way. The woman over Adamson was at graduation practice trying to control (and change) that. Apple doesn't fall far from tree.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Retaliation Time Nope, he is just being vindictive.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Pancho Villa  

Also keep in mind that we have new board members. The DMN needs to think and research facts before they write.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@Persona non grata No, in Dallas there is not  a "statesmen/women" who works for the city/school disrict/county for the good of the people. Lately all have been opportunists who throw their power around. It is only lately that they found there is lots of money to be made through education and they have their hands out. Who were the last honest people of power in Dallas? Old and new power is the same as the difference between old money and new. New money throws it around (Morass), old money has some class.

out before my time
out before my time

@Pancho Villa Here's the worst of it. Not only are 37 people  suddenly taking a hit in their wallets but  they are being treated as if they had cheated the district. The bus driving teachers I knew were some of the most dependable people on campus. The way the district handled it is typical too. One person may have stretched the rules and instead of dealing with that case, all are treated as deserving no respect. Also read between the lines and see the petty spite. Somebody didn't make a precious meeting. Edwin Flores has clones that are going to get those teachers to quit ripping us off!

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@BlueBonnet Yes!, But you are talking about the Anglo, or as I called the gringo press. It is more corrupted that any communist press in the world.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@out before my time Seems they are not given a choice. They can't resign their teaching position at this point (45 day rule) and wouldn't likely resign a full time position for a part time one, anyway. When Miles went to Colorado to dis DISD, he actually dissed Dallas County over the bus situation, as I recall.

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