Fantasy Dallas ISD

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Mike Miles will leave Dallas. This may occur within the next several months or his tenure may drag on, but the history of superintendents in Dallas dictates that he will be history after five years at the maximum.

We have witnessed the damage done to a district by a superintendent who is given free reign to pursue a poorly thought out agenda. What would happen with a superintendent given the same freedom to implement a thoughtful, research-based plan with input from actual teachers, principals, parents, and community members?

Our neighbors in Lewisville ISD are doing just that. A little over a year ago they held “visioning meetings” in which they gathered together all who were interested in giving input for the the new district plan. These meetings were professionally facilitated and similar to many meetings which Dallas ISD has held. They were very different in a significant way, however: Lewisville ISD actually used the information gleaned to formulate their new vision and direction for the district, parts of which they are currently piloting in some schools.

Would it be too much to suggest that this could happen in DISD? Is the district just too large to have meaningful input from so many people with so many different backgrounds? What would this look like if attempted? Would the effort be hijacked by the same old, same old, wannabe edu-reformers who foisted Miles upon us?

But what if it did succeed? What if we put together a process by which we could formulate a new vision for DISD- not a cookie cutter plan like the regurgitated Destination 2020, but a real plan, put together by teachers, principals, parents, and community members who actually live in Dallas, teach in Dallas, and use the schools?

What if we formulated the vision, direction, and plan for the district FIRST, and THEN hired a superintendent who had the abilities to implement this plan which reflected the true desires of those served by DISD?

There would be many, many areas to consider. Following are a few examples of the myriad of choices to work through:

The BUDGET:

How would YOU allocate the $1.2 billion in the DISD budget? Leave food service and debt service out of it for now, and just work with the General Fund. What should be your priorities?The budget drives what actually gets done in the district. The DISD budget process works off of the preceding budgets and merely adjusts the values. Rarely is an area shut down, even if it is ineffective and wasteful.

But this is Fantasy Dallas ISD. We don’t have to work off preceding budgets in this world. We could start by building the school faculties first: how many teachers, what kind, what classes to offer, how many administrators, office workers, etc. Then add in the supplies, textbooks, computers, curriculum, extra-curriculars…. do this for each school and use the remaining money for 3700 Ross.

How to best select, train, evaluate, and support our TEACHERS:

How do the teachers feel they should be evaluated? What is fair? Is PDAS a good system? What about the system which DISD has spent $1 million on so far, which was subsequently trashed by Miles? Was it any good? What would it really take to cull out the “bad teachers” and replicate the good ones? What about instructional coaches?

TECHNOLOGY:

How should we integrate the new,constantly changing and very expensive world of technology into the classroom? We want all children to be adept in this field, and yet they need to have basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills as well. Are there campuses already doing this successfully which could share their approach with the whole district? How can we ensure that every student has the internet access required for a technology based program?

OK, time’s up. Pull out your playbooks and start drafting your plan. This is just a start. Do you see how exciting this process could be if the public were invited to truly participate in Fantasy Dallas ISD- and even more so if the new vision thus created were actually implemented?

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Still looking
Still looking

I just checked Oracle, We still have only 3 days local leave.

Great Job Journalists90
Great Job Journalists90

Shout Out to Mathew and Tawnell for remaining vigilant in the face of the editorial staff at the DMN. We are sure Miles tried to shop that letter to you also, but you didn't take the bait car. Schutze apparently has no scruples and falls for anything.

Good follow up on LeMaster and her schemes to keep her rates below the radar. Miles must have thought it worked the first time, so more letters and negative press for the district were in order.

Good to know Dallas has Mathew, Tawnell, and Brett Shipp looking out for the greater good of the city.

Roxanne Paypascissors
Roxanne Paypascissors

Jim Schutze no longer sees it as sufficient to report the news.  He wants to be part of the news.  He's our little Tokyo Rose!

OOOHYEAH
OOOHYEAH

So Jim Schutze doesn't wanted to admit he has been played like a violin by Team Miles. Schutze doesn't understand he's been played for over a year now by Todd Williams.

Schutze's attack on Carla Ranger was full fabrication while he was biting on LeMaster's work.

Time to go home Schutze. Maybe you can chase chickens for retirement.

Meanwhile, back at the DMN, Rene Martinez and LeMaster full on lied to the DMN when quizzed about their working arrangement.

Then LeMaster went back to the till for her and Rene her sidekick with another RFP written just for them. Guess LeMaster wasn't finished slandering the board for her boss Miles.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

I wonder if the good folks of the Chamber will ask any questions...

"Board president Eric Cowan declined to comment Friday. Trustees have instructed Miles not to discuss it. However, Cowan and Miles are scheduled to deliver a state of the district speech Tuesday at a Dallas Regional Chamber event."

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/investigation-finds-that-dallas-isd-superintendent-mike-miles-violated-district-policy-and-helped-craft-an-administrators-resignation-letter-that-bashed-his-bosses.html/

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

The BOT Trial of FMM: A Pot Calls the Kettle Black

"Characteristics of a Moral Manager

Dedicated to high standards of ethical behavior in own actions [and] how the company’s business is to be conducted

Considers it important to be a steward of ethical behavior

Demonstrate ethical leadership

Pursues business success within confines of both letter and spirit of law with a habit of operating well above what laws require"

"Characteristics of an Immoral Manager

Actively opposes ethical behavior in business

Willfully ignores ethical principles in making decisions

Views legal standards as barriers to overcome

Pursues own self-interests

Is an example of capitalistic greed

Ignores interests of others

Focuses only on bottom line – making one’s numbers

Will trample on others to avoid being trampled upon"

http://cbapp.csudh.edu/depts/adjunct/jkatzenstein/mgt490/Ethics%20and%20Social%20Responsibility.ppt

OOOHYEAH
OOOHYEAH

Well, today's the day. Lil Rene---Miguel Solis--gets introduced by Big Rene to the Menudo Club of political hacks who intend to support him.

Justin Copperidge got caught helping Miles on his PR campaign. This is what taxpayers foot the bill for-- lttle iphone caddies and buddies to help polish Miles' letter writing campaign?

We can assume Lil Rene did the same when he was the stooge. Now he's supposed to be a board member with the help of Morath and Medrano who tried to interfere with another candidate running against him.

Let's see what Miles and Solis brought us:

550 known teacher openings

national embarrassment over the Nixon of school superintendents

not much else

Hope to hear more on ethical violations of Morath.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

It looks like Coggins went out of his way to show that no law was broken and merely Miles' bad judgment led to policy violations only. I see it differently. I see helping construct a letter to be leaked to the media to defame Elizabeth Jones as a loose cannon as libel.

"To recover in a libel or slander suit, the plaintiff must show evidence of four elements: that the defendant conveyed a defamatory message; that the material was published, meaning that it was conveyed to someone other than the plaintiff; that the plaintiff could be identified as the person referred to in the defamatory material; and that the plaintiff suffered some injury to his or her reputation as a result of the communication".

Elizabeth Jones is a lawyer so it is up to her to determine if she was libeled. I hope this soap opera does not go 4-4 to fail to fire him, then 5-4 to keep him if Solis wins and he refuses to recuse himself.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

Remember when Edwin was so afraid of the teacher's letter that he called DISD HR instead of the police?  Remember the public blowback and the end of Edwin's trustee career?  That was an extremely satisfying chapter of the DISD drama.  It was worth its weight in PCards.

I almost hope the Board does nothing about Miles.   Rawlings, Morath, Todd Williams--the public will turn on them with a vengeance.  It could be an even more satisfying turn of events than the Edwin Implosion was.

I also agree that Miles' "emphatic" statements make me laugh out loud.  No one in their right mind takes him seriously anymore.  

My favorite EMU (emphatic Miles utterance) is that he's a Texan now because he got his Texas driver's license.  I guess his wife didn't get her Texas driver's license and that's why she moved back to CO.

SumThingWong
SumThingWong

 Is this the article that is no longer is on CBS site? That last paragraph says it all! WOW!

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An independent investigation into Dallas ISD leader Mike Miles has concluded that Miles tried to influence vendor contracts. Despite this, Miles may still not lose his job.

Trustees expect to receive an extensive written report on Friday from former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins, who is leading the investigation.

“I’m gonna read just about every word. I want to know what happened, when did it happen, who all was involved. And, look for his recommendations, suggestions from our attorney, Paul Coggins. Uh, uh, we’ll see what happens,” said trustee Lew Blackburn.

Miles pulled an item up for vote, which would have determined which parent involvement agency would receive a $200,000 services contract with DISD.

The Coggins investigation finds that Miles had the right to pull the item before trustees voted, which he did. However, sources that spoke to CBS 11′s Steve Picket said Miles also took steps to assist and support one vendor over others. That’s a violation.

The issue took center stage after former Communications Chief Rebecca Rodriguez filed a complaint against Miles, then resigned from the school district.

Sources say the investigation didn’t find validation of bullying or intimidation of Rodriguez, but it did find that Miles tried to stop the investigation initiated by her complaint.

One school board member called it a “gray area,” when asked if the superintendent was trying to obstruct or impede the internal investigation.

Several trustees claim the investigation hasn’t garnered enough concern to remove Miles from his position. Miles said emphatically that he’s staying.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

So, how long would the average teacher be employed by DISD after doing all this?

It is time  for the board to fire this guy, buy him off, whatever it takes.

We already know they are working on a package to let him bow out slowly,. So be done with it and let us teach.

But for the record, this WILL follow Miles wherever he goes. Or his company.

So, like his sister in D of D schools, they screwed the pooch when they were handed the power.

OOOHYEAH
OOOHYEAH

Dahlander refused to answer Paul Coggins' questions because Miles is his client? Does Miles pay his salary or do the taxpayers?

Who does he think he is, a priest?

OOOHYEAH
OOOHYEAH

p46 of the report

Who did LeMaster hire to help her with the reorganization of the communications department....but,

RENE MARTINEZ. No wonder he was butting in constantly.

So are we to assume errand boy also had a role in the rest of the garbage going on. No wonder he was constantly emailing people and bossing them around.

RENE MARTINEZ was hired by LeMaster. Wasn't he questioned about this by the DMN? Didn't he say he didn't work for LeMaster?????

DOL doo doo
DOL doo doo

And take that "DOL doo doo" back to Colorado with you! lol

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Hey Daniel Ortiz, your client, Rebecca Rodriquez, may have settled with DISD but not the Dallas Observer. I smell defamation of character by Jim Schutze, not freedom of the press.

johnnyBgood
johnnyBgood

So, no orange jumpsuit, but hopefully a wagon train back to Colorado.

StandforTeachers
StandforTeachers

do I hear bells ringing? call Lisa to help with one more letter,,,yours Miles. And if you won't resign the board can terminate or face recall,,,we can do that now.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

As I suspected it would be, the report is on Carla Rangers' web site.

SlaminSammySnead
SlaminSammySnead

Hearing Morath and Adam Medrano unsuccessfully tried to declare Kristi Lara as ineligible to run for trustee due to residency requirements. Can you say "ethics violation"?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Wow. Miles' helping to write a resgnation letter that was critical of the board? Gee. Dahlander in on it too? And little Mikey Morath is up to "stuff" with vendors also, clearly a violation of his responsibilities to the taxpayers of Dallas. We have violations galore. Let's "throw the bums out," including Jim Schutze!

Enough is Enough Already
Enough is Enough Already

I dream of a board that is student focused, that doesn't care about which friend they know is employed where. I dream of a board that is efficient with each others time. I dream of a board that doesn't micro manage. I dream of a board that doesn't believe they are the quasi superintendent of the district that elected them. I dream of a board that supports the district vs. treating board meetings like they are the Spanish Inquisition. We have a few good board members. We need nine of them.

justsayingitagain
justsayingitagain

Per the DMN education blog:

The story CBS published last night about the investigation and Miles being found at fault is no longer up on their site, ha. Here's link to the article through Google's cache:

webcache.googleusercontent.com

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

On the original topic here, Fantasy DISD, I want to update mine in light of recent information.

My dream is that DISD becomes the focal point (pun intended) of national press as the mutant legacy that Rhee-formers have had on public education.

My dream is that DISD becomes a new model for public (urban) school districts, one in which all disproven and harmful theories are immediately discarded, and the best quality teachers, even the ones who have been doing it for a while, are recruited and honored. I dream that this occurs through a counter-attack, supported by multitudes of small donors and volunteers, to get the Walmart family and Bill Gates the hell out of education policy! 

Gates has no clue, having attended posh private schools his entire life, then ripping off college dropouts and countless others for the ideas upon which he built his empire/monopoly, rather than innovating on his own. 

The Wal-Mart people have built their empire upon international exploitation and helping to wipe out sectors of the American economy, while infamously leaving their own workers in the US without benefits for full-time work, forcing the state to make up the difference. 

Neither of these industrial entities should be allowed anywhere near education, but alas, such are the hazards of the much-touted public-private partnership! These are just two examples of big money that is infiltrating and influencing education. We already see who is pulling the strings locally. 

It is time to call in as much national media attention as possible.


Fed up and ready to go
Fed up and ready to go

I just read the time line in the DMN. 4 words - He needs to go. Simply. That's it. He has not done anything thing that is mind blowing in one year. He does not need free rein in the district. There will be no district if he stays on. Remember Wilmer-Hutchinson!

Come on June
Come on June

From the Concilio timeline story:

"June 26: Smith tells Miles that board president Eric Cowan requested a draft of the investigative report. Miles asks him to give the report to DISD chief counsel Jack Elrod so that the district can claim attorney-client privilege. Smith tells Miles that he has never been asked to do that while an investigation is still open."

Uhhhh...that's just illegal as hell.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Great Job Journalists90 Special gratitude to Matthew Haag, who has reported like a world-class journalist within the last 24 hours! 

Silver lining here is that there are still some individuals who rise above the provincial cronyism exhibited far too often in what could be a world-class city.

Great Job Journalists90
Great Job Journalists90

@Roxanne Paypascissors 

Not only does Schutze want to be part of the news, he makes up stuff for a living--not a good thing for those who call themselves journalists.

Schutze is living the last part of his career simply throwing his personal spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. No substance, just his personal rants. No integrity, no honesty, but fury when he is called on the total lack ethics he displays.

Schutze's sophomoric garbage got old long ago.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@SumThingWong Yes - that last paragraph was ominous as hell. The investigation has not "garnered enough concern?" What made them think that, the fact that people were busy reacting to the fact that an armada of crappy unmarked vehicles were sent to pick up their children for school? Nice try. 

Also, at this point,  Miles' emphatic statements are tragic and comedic at the same time.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@OOOHYEAH What was Dahlander thinking?  He usually seems quite likable, despite having to stand there with straight face and say the most ridiculous things.  

I'm always surprised by what people will do for money.

Matthew Haag
Matthew Haag

@OOOHYEAH Yes, we asked Rene about it. He said it was absolutely false. LeMaster denied it too.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@OOOHYEAH Really, now! A shock. No wonder he is so far up Miles behind, he can barely breathe.

agreedmanytimes
agreedmanytimes

@E Kim Selim 

The Observer is accustomed to carrying out personal vendettas for all its friends. Those friends include Todd Williams and Mikey Miles.

Nothing.but.personal.vendettas-----Jimmy Schutze, you need to retire.

StandforTeachers
StandforTeachers

@SlaminSammySnead 

checking policy. Miles may be taking Morath  down with him. Interfering with election process, interfering with purchasing by communicating with vendors while RFP is open, just being a bully.  Adam may be looking at some ethics violations with city.  but then there is the Mayor. Keep checking Sammy...who gets to file for violations? There might be a line around the block waiting for the opportunity. And residency???Who moved into the district only 6 months ago in order to run? mmmm iPhone caddy for Miles? LBart? 'lil Rene?

agreedmanytimes
agreedmanytimes

@SlaminSammySnead 

Morath didn't try to interfere with Blackburn living out of district entirely. But Blackburn wasn't running against Lil Rene.

agreedmanytimes
agreedmanytimes

@SlaminSammySnead 

So no one is to be allowed to run against Lil Rene, Miguel Solis? What was Morath doing, trying to get an opponent off the ballot so he could make Lil Rene the uncontested winner just like when Morath ran off his opponents to win with no one else in sight?

So how about 2 ethics violations for Morath. Interfering with a board election and meeting with vendors?

Next time Morath appears before the Senate Education Committee, maybe it will be on ethics violations instead of telling them how lame Dallas teachers are.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@SlaminSammySnead It is also pure stupidity to "show your hand" like that. Morath, you've needed to go ever since your public statement that teachers will get their rewards in heaven - while you work to make things hell for us here on earth! REPENT!

agreedmanytimes
agreedmanytimes

@0_0 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Told you Schutze is a joke for a journalist--nothing but a vindictive, petty, pathetic excuse for a reporter. Take your place along side Bill McKenzie.

So getting in the middle of the investigation and taking the files stinks?

Taking on the board through Smelker, LeMaster, and Schutze?

Where is old StraightTalk with his teacher hating agenda?

HAHAHAHHA!

And Morath was right in the middle of it.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Enough is Enough Already

I guess you would like Mike Morath off the board, then.  He was micromanaging and was caught red-handed by Coggins. Seems that he might fall into that "quasi-superintendent" category as well. Sounds as though he was more vendor focused than student focused in this instance. 

 I seem to recall an instance a couple of years ago when an OPR was threatened against some board members just for being introduced to a vendor at a board meeting.  It seems that Mike Morath may have had a relationship with this vendor which was quite a bit closer than that.

One discussion violated district policy. The Concilio met with trustee Mike Morath in February to talk about how the organization could “navigate political issues with the Board,” the report said. Vendors aren’t allowed to discuss business matters with individual trustees.

 http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/investigation-finds-that-dallas-isd-superintendent-mike-miles-violated-district-policy-and-helped-craft-an-administrators-resignation-letter-that-bashed-his-bosses.html/

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Enough is Enough Already How funny. Your comments make me laugh because every single complaint that you have about the way the board treats the superintendent is exactly the way the entire district is being run under Miles. 

I dream of a world in which more people, especially those with power or influence, have the intelligence to perceive and appreciate epic irony.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Fed up and ready to go 

I hold little hope that Miles will be punished by our incompetent BOT after this investigation is sifted through.  It makes me sad ,and even more ready to exit come June.  There was a time I held on to the belief that MM would leave after this, but now I truly believe he will get a slap on the wrist and keep on doing business as usual.  Either way though, he makes out with a golden parachute, and DISD will continue a broken, morally bankrupt and chaotic district that very few people with half a brain and talent will wish to be employed.  Come on June 6........

S54 Time
S54 Time

@Come on June  

Riddle me this:  What will it truly take  for Miles to be fired?  What does this dictator have to do in order for our incompetent BOT to kick him to the curb?

MrGlen
MrGlen

@Come on June it goes to show everyone that the board has no intention of getting rid of Miles, because they have not been instructed to do so. I guess they need to get their instructions from the Mayor before they act on anything. Mayor has to talk to Todd Williams. When those two meet with their people to see how it will affect the bottom line, then and only then will they act.  In no part of this scenario is the welfare of DISD even considered, kids, teachers, parents are considered to be inconvenient obstacles to the powers making decisions here.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

On his application he doesn't even have a local area code on his phone. Is he planning to leave if he does not win?

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Disrupted DISD @Enough is Enough Already Then how was Edwin Flores able to RECOMMEND ASP for helping kids get into colleges, --since he knew the founders as clients, and then talk about them to the board? He abstained from voting, but it was also a done deal.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@MrGlen It's like I've been trying to tell y'all - Straight Talk does work on weekends!



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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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