Sorry to pop your little education bubble, but your interview on Channel 8 the other night made it hard to determine if you have completely lost touch with the reality of DISD or if you ever had a grasp to begin with.
You see, dear Mayor, Dallas ISD test scores for the year before Miles appeared (due to your interference) and the state scores under Miles’ year of chaos are essentially the same—flat as a pancake. So Team Miles accomplished nothing instructionally while giving Dallas a national black eye in the media.
Don’t worry, dear Mayor, STAAR scores were flat across the state due maybe to monies ripped from school districts across Texas. That didn’t keep Team Miles from refusing to hire teachers so that his surplus fund could grow by $50 million.
But back to your lack of understanding of Dallas schools compared to those in Houston.
Yes, Dallas did have a few percent less totally horrific, bottom of the barrel secondary schools than Houston.
But dear Mayor, the reason for that is Houston’s Broad Superintendent, Terry Grier, has a longer track record than Miles in creating total chaos, running off veteran teachers, and buying the support of the business community through the largest bond program in history. If due to your allegiance, Miles stays, Dallas, too, will sink to the very bottom in ratings.
Grier has spent $60 million dollars through his Apollo program with its borrowed charter practices that have led to much larger student attrition, almost ruined a stellar Advanced Placement program at Lee High School, and created constant teacher and principal churn. The results of Apollo were some marginal improvements in some schools.
We forecast Miles’ costly improvements will do about the same.
Give Miles much longer, and he will meet the goals of all Broad-trained superintendents: the decimation of public schools.
And another small tap on the shoulder for you, Mayor.
The state ratings only identify the bottom 5% of schools in the state.
They don’t predict the massive crisis on Dallas ISD’s doorstep in two, short years.
You see, dear Mayor, you have heard nothing of the percentage of students in Dallas high schools who are not on track to a timely graduation due failing at least one required End of Course exam.
In most comprehensive high schools, 50% of the students are off track and there is no indication they will move back with Miles’ refusing to hire teachers, running off the talented teachers, and increasing class sizes.
Miles, with his pay for performance and principal’s academy, is totally ignoring the fact that the entire Dallas ISD will not meet standards in just two short years unless the rising sophomores and juniors are thrown a life line.
Mayor, since we now know you have little to no understanding of public schools, let’s imagine Dallas ISD retreating from 80% graduation to 50%.
The costs to the district, the city, and the students and their families will be catastrophic.
So the next time you are interviewing with Brett Shipp, you might want to tackle the real issues instead of playing cover-up for Team Miles.