DISD’s Version of “To Tell the Truth”

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to-tel-the-truthTo Tell the Truth is an American gameshow which has aired in various forms since the 1950’s. The central premise is that one contestant is supposed to tell the truth and the other two are allowed to lie in order to fool the panel. The panel of four celebrities has to figure out who is the honest one, and who are the imposters, by asking questions of each contestant.

DISD seems to have its very own version of To Tell the Truth. In this case, the trustees have to figure out who is telling the truth, if anyone, about the actual number of teacher vacancies in the Dallas ISD at any given time.

We have seen different numbers from varying sources over the past several months. News sources have been grasping at straws as well, stating only estimates, as the district has refused to give any real details to the public.

However, at the August 8, 2013 Board Briefing, Superintendent Mike Miles emphatically stated that the current number of vacancies is only 430. “We have much fewer vacancies this time of the year than we’ve had in the last couple of years and maybe further back. I have the data on the last 2 years. Last year at this time we had about 1500 and some vacancies, the year before we had about 1260 vacancies and at this moment we have 430 vacancies. We’re well ahead of last year.” (time 2:08 on video of the board briefing)

Amazing. Mike Miles proclaims that actually, rather than being in desperate straits, DISD is in BETTER shape this year than last year. So, is all this talk about teachers resigning en masse and teacher shortages just gossip to make Mike Miles look bad?

Except that a quick search of last years’ numbers reveals that the district website proclaimed 335 vacancies at this time last year, as reported on this blog. Simple math says that 335 is less than 430, and is far less than 1500.

So were they misrepresenting the truth last year, or this year?

The difference between 1500 vacancies which Miles now says were present last year at this time is vastly different than the number his administration actually publicized last year (335). Or could it be that they had no idea then and have no idea now of the true number of teacher vacancies?

The only way to know for sure will be for parents and students to check their classes when they arrive at school on the first day.

Elementary students (K-4) should be in classes of 22 or less by state law. If there are over 22 students in an elementary class, the district will have to request a class size waiver from the TEA and will have to justify this request. Will they have the gall to say they are under financial hardship, after they have proudly announced an increase this year in the fund balance from $201 million to $275 million?

Oversized classes may be an indication that there are unfilled teacher vacancies. Other clues may be found by comparing the number of teaching FTE’s (Full Time Equivalents) allotted to each campus to the number of actual teachers on the campus. (The number of teaching FTE’s can be found in the DISD budget, pages 105-110) If the numbers do not match, there are most likely vacancies on that campus. Classes may be overloaded, some classes may be taught by substitutes not qualified to teach that subject, and some classes may not be offered when vacancies exist.

Parents of DISD students should start asking questions and making sure that their tax dollars are being spent as allocated in the budget by the trustees to educate their children.

This is where the rubber meets the road: the student and the teacher in the classroom. The children are the driving reason to hold this administration’s feet to the fire. The number of vacancies is important because if the superintendent has instituted practices which do not ensure that there are enough teachers to meet the needs of the DISD students, then he is failing at the number one job of the district: educating students for success. It is for this reason that the Dallas public needs to know the true situation of the actual number of teacher vacancies in the district.

Will the real number of teacher vacancies in the Dallas ISD please stand up?

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retiredteacher
retiredteacher

A quote from Mark Naison (BATs) to ponder:

Humilating teachers is disgraceful ; crushing the hopes of children is unforgiveable.

Unfortunately, you can not do the former without doing the latter.

Prismic
Prismic

Does anyone happen to know if DISD is still streaming board meetings live online? If so, could you please share the link? I have a feeling tonight's meeting will be eventful and (hopefully) very promising.

Concerned Employee
Concerned Employee

On the Dallas ISD Career Website, there are several pages of openings for teachers for 2013-2014.  And, to add insult to injury, a multitude of current teachers who taught summer school this year were not paid correctly. However, DISD will not correct the problem until August 26th, despite the fact that it should have been on their paychecks today. Many paychecks were short at least $800.

Bewitched
Bewitched

ut oh he too will dance for the faculty on Monday morning for attention thinking the staff and teachers have come to the James Wallace show. So glad to be gone

Bewitched
Bewitched

Hey sinking ship. U r talking about Hawthorne ele. James Wallace did that also and would not know the difference if it were brought to his attention

stop the insanity
stop the insanity

I know the the website was not accurate in showing how many vacancies we had our school. They are obviously obstructing the true numbers from being known. My old coworkers are so happy with their new districts and how well they are being treated. DISD needs to wake up andrealize

Sinking Ship
Sinking Ship

My principal sent out an updated roster list on Monday, 2  teachers that quit 3 weeks ago are still listed as the teachers for those two sections.   I am at an elementary school in Pleasant  Grove.   

disappointed with DISD
disappointed with DISD

Once again in these numbers you forget to include the teachers that were not offered a contract . Not all of those teachers chose to resign and are in fact fighting it. Their position can not be posted until after the hearing and in most cases the rulings will not be until after September in some cases October.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Let's see how many new teachers show up for "new teacher training" next week at Skyline.  400? 800?, 1200?  1600?  2000?  2000+?  At  2000 that would be a 20% turnover.  To most of us that looks horrible but to Rawlings and Miles it is great news. They actually think it means reform is working. 

Now think of the students who must endure constant teacher turnover.  Personalization is lost, caring is gone, and surrogate parental mentoring is completing missing.  For what?  Does anyone truly think these replacement teachers are any better as teachers, as mentors, as coaches? What have we accomplished except disrupt the learning process, disrupt careers and disrupt families.  I guess this was the goal and they win.

2545
2545

I see where the City of Dallas has contracted to catch feral hogs and send to slaughter house.  If there are some in District 8, could we keep one and run it against Miguel Solis? 

Teachers, parents, and taxpayers, do you really want another Broad disciple, Rhee-former, and Miles minion on the school board? Someone else from D8 file....please!

Disd parent
Disd parent

What is the best way to let teachers know that you are open to hearing concerns about the directives from the district? I would be willing to write to trustees and speak at board meetings but I need direct evidence to support why x, y, z policy is not beneficial to students. I don't want teachers to get in trouble but I do need them to complain enough that I can form an opinion about the best way to address the issue with my trustee.  Unfortunately, my trustee doesn't really address any issues publicly unless he "has the votes." I am glad to have Elizabeth Jones onboard because she at least feels like a public airing of the pros and cons on important issues is a vital part of the BOT's role. 

Disconnected
Disconnected

Has there been any discussion about the total student load per teacher on the high school level? Will teachers be compensated for having an over abundance of students? Several of our teachers are showing over 150 (closer to 200)  students on the high school level in core classes. I believe we have so few vacancies because our teachers are overloaded since CTUs were cut due to coaching needs  etc.

Lingering questions:

1. Total Time required to be on campus? Did we get our 45 minutes back?

2. How many classes does each teacher have to teach? (6/7, 6/8 or 7/8 etc.)

3. What is a reasonable load of students for teachers to truly support?

Any feedback is appreciated!

Undesired
Undesired

Vacancies does not include all the teachers that will leave after a few weeks because they are just not cut out for DISD students or its politics. 

Close The Darn Door
Close The Darn Door

Log on to MyData Portal. You will see a roster of teachers on your campus. Look at the names that are missing.

You can also click a students schedule it willl have their teachers. Quite a few at my school have a schedule with "vacant" where a teacher's name is supposed to be. And tthisis for more than 1 class.

CHOWUR
CHOWUR

@Pancho Villa You must not have read the article.  The writer said to give Miles a couple of years. 

OMG!  Being bullied for a couple more years while giving everything that I have to my students - is not my idea of a career path for me.  I too will be leaving DISD at the end of the school year if he is not gone.  I hate it too, because I love my kids.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@Prismic I thought I had it bookmarked, and can't seem to find it. Please someone post the link. I always find it by google, not sure why I can't seem to find it today.

Pleasant
Pleasant

Bewitched, why this ugly campaign? If you we're not happy, why did you stay? This is not helping anyone. If you are there for the children, show it and show Wallace you are better than him by teaching those kids.

13th Year
13th Year

@stop the insanity  I wonder how many teachers were hopeful that Miles would resign, because of the investigation, and did not choose to find another district.  This year will tell the tale.  


Thoughtful Reader
Thoughtful Reader

@disappointed with DISD 

Thank you for that information.  I have only included the facts which I have access to, and I have no way of knowing the information you are referring to, or verifying those numbers. 

I have tried to call attention to the fact that Miles is contradicting his own vacancy numbers from last year, and the numbers he is stating for this year's vacancies seem artificially low. 

If you have access to the numbers of teachers who are fighting their termination, it would be very helpful to share that information on this blog.

JustSayinDFW
JustSayinDFW

Over 2,200 new teacher have been in orientation this week at Skyline HS

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

E Kim. Disruption WAS the point! Scare people into submission, and lower the cost of teacher units in one fell swoop!

guest 15699
guest 15699

@2545 

Sure it wasn't Nancy Bingham's sister they were after?

Who would vote for a feral pig over Miguel or Nancy?

guest 15699
guest 15699

@Disconnected 

Surrounding school districts used their increase in state foundation funding to hire teachers.

DISD stands alone in continuing to punish students and teachers.

DISDSub
DISDSub

@Disconnected I am subbing now but years ago when I taught in another district...I had over 200 students each day.  It was a nightmare...plus I had to float from one room to another for each class.  Sometimes the rooms were not big enough for these high school kids - especially with 42+ bodies in there!  That was my last year to teach!  There was little teaching....more like crowd control.  Hope this is not the case in DISD.  I'll let you know when I start subbing again! 

soap opera
soap opera

@Close The Darn Door supposedly only administrators (sometimes a department head) have access to see the entire roster.  As standard operating procedure, teachers can only see their classes.

Nelie Shison Wormsey
Nelie Shison Wormsey

@Close The Darn Door You must have special access.  You are either a principal, counselor, academic coordinator, special ed teacher, or someone else with special access.  Most of us teachers only have the ability to access information on our specific students and nobody else's.  I know this because that special someone on my campus occasionally lets me log on under his name so I can see more campus information.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@CHOWUR His tone and demeanor! Are those the same? Heck no! He has changed, I am talking about Bill McKenzie. whom you are referring? 

Prismic
Prismic

Makes sense now! Thanks!! :-)

Bewitched
Bewitched

James Wallace at Hawthorne will totally lost this year. No ap no lead teachers no leadership from him new teachers to train and he can't do that thank good we don't have to see the little the little miles man again at Hawthorne. The children deserve better the community deserves better. The Bermuda Triangle award man will sink to a new low this year. Thank god for the two instructional coaches they might be able to teach the teachers something

disappointed with DISD
disappointed with DISD

@Thoughtful Reader @disappointed with DISD  it is my understanding that there are at least 150 hearings. I wonder why DISD would have to put out the email if more people were not leaving after the "deadline".

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

JustSayinDFW

That is amazing. If there are still vacancies or class size is huge then the claim of 3000 teachers leaving is not far off. No school district can survive that level of churn for long.

Disd parent
Disd parent

@Rear View Mirror @Disd parent No - bringing up issues that occurred 6-8 months ago doesn't help build the ongoing case for the ouster of Miles. I need concrete examples that I can point other parents to and say "see how this is impacting your children right now". Or, due to a, b, c change, your child will lose out on access to x, y, z in the future. I have the ear of involved parents but it takes extra effort to get them to take the step to become politically involved in DISD.  Unfortunately none of the business people involved in the decision making of DISD actually are parents or even know any parents of DISD students. 

Close The Darn Door
Close The Darn Door

I guess I have special access along with a couple of other teachers at my school who were able to see what I saw. Wow I'm special!

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@CHOWUREstablishment has to give him more time that is a given. The point here is how loud the drums are being beating if any.

Pleasant
Pleasant

One more thing, I am there. I will fight the good fight. I will lead, teach, mentor, support and encourage the teachers and students anyway I can. So he is not alone there. We are a team and a dysfunctional family I grant you that. Still I refuse to only see the worst.

Pleasant
Pleasant

Bewitched, why didn't you leave Hawthorne? I wish you had and not the amazing teachers we lost for rezoning. You clearly are not happy there.

disappointed with DISD
disappointed with DISD

@Quo Qu ohhh @disappointed with DISD the DISD lawyer wanted to know if I was on a one year contract.... weren't we all? and she also wanted to know if I was being paid over the summer. The letter I received said that I was put on leave until further notice, turn in my keys and not show up at the school unless I clear it with admin. All I can think of is those poor kids that have come to depend on consistency, it's probably the only time that they have it is during the school year. 

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@disappointed with DISD Teachers who were somehow on probationary contracts, being new to DISD or to the profession (as Miles desireth,) had no right to a hearing. If they did, I am betting the numbers would be closer to the full 400+.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@13th Year @Beer in Hand @JustSayinDFW AC department is in Interview mode. Ingram is so tired that she  does not even get up to shake hands at the beginning or at the end of the interview. This is not 2nd or 3rd hand rumor.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Disd parent @Rear View Mirror 

It is worthwhile to bring up issues from the beginning of MIles' tenure because it helps build the case that he has been the wrong man from the beginning. There is a repeating pattern which can be seen.  If you take everything in isolation, it is too easy to dismiss each event or "give him more time," which is what so many uninvolved people keep saying. 

You can't really build an "ongoing case" without using the whole picture and building on the past. 

Besides, if you do re-read the past posts on this blog, you will see that it is "deja vu all over again."  Last year at this time, DISD had a record number of teacher vacancies, many of which were never filled.  Students were harmed because they had subs all year long.  DISD was lucky in that the bar for the state tests was set so low (many at 38% correct to pass) so we did not look as horrible.  But those kids did not learn the material, so they are the ones who lost out in the long run, even if their grade was passing. 

We are in the same situation now, even worse than last year. There ARE more vacancies now than last year, even if Miles will not admit to it. I have no confidence that he will be any more successful filling those vacancies this year than last year.  Children will be losing out of ANOTHER year of education. The teachers who are left who are good will be breaking their backs under Miles' crazy demands to try to do their best to still do right by their students. 

I expect that if Miles stays, more of them will be forced to leave, whether they want to or not. 

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Disd parent@Rear View MirrorThat is so true. When you are stating a case, you need facts; you need to prove it. Otherwise, you will come across as a whiner. I feel that once all the teachers can present the public with hard evidence which can prove Miles is incompetent to the general public, than he will be here longer than he should. One thing I pointed to the school board last year was the fact that Miles has no empirical data to support any of his methods. This is the sort of evidence that  needs to be brought to the attention of the public. Instead of "Show me the money" It should be "Show me the research" 

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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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