Watching DISD Principals

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principal-officeSo the report is in.

Color DISD teachers unsurprised by the results.

Regardless, teachers will report for work on Monday.
Despite all of the blather about being “for the kids” by every edu-crat group in Dallas (made up of people so concerned about the kids that none of them teach), it’s DISD teachers who truly will not let the kids down.

Our lesson plans will be written and student papers will be graded.
Athletic, dance and cheerleading practices will go on.
We will monitor the halls between passing periods and before school.
We will walk lines of little ones to the cafeteria for lunch and make sure they all have what they need and that juice cartons are opened before we eat our own sandwiches.

Dallas can count on its teachers to be there and to do the right thing.

But DISD teachers are wondering what their principal’s reaction is going to be on Monday since the implications of the report findings are sort of obvious.

There are a couple of possible scenarios:

1. The principal will either send an email or hold a faculty meeting to tell the teachers that “nothing has changed” and that the quest for the perfect DOL will continue unabated despite the fact that DOLs have not been proven to increase student achievement. 90 minutes A WEEK will still be devoted to reading the Spot Ob rubric and highlighting it—especially the parts about DOLs. The principal will emphasize that he/she didn’t embrace the unproven DOLs and relentlessly use Spot Obs to harass teachers simply to impress Mike Miles; he/she believed in them all along and saving themselves at the expense of teachers had nothing to do with anything. Double-digit vacancies will be posted again in June for that school.

2. The principal will say nothing. Teachers, however, will notice that if they have to close their doors because the hallway is too noisy, no one will open it and reprimand them in front of the students. The mandate that no less than 10 teachers a year be targeted for non-renewal will take a backseat to productive Spot Obs and feedback meetings. Teachers with proven track records of success will not hear another peep about Multiple Response Strategies. Double-digit vacancies for that school will stop; true, deep student learning will once again take root.

DISD teachers can be trusted to do the job and do it well. Once again, the public sees that it isn’t the teachers who are being accused and investigated; it isn’t the teachers who are the problem in DISD.

So, teachers, which scenario awaits your faculty?

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BillBetzen
BillBetzen

Press has been notified that we are gathering at 8:30 AM today to welcome the DISD Board as they arrive at 3700 Ross to discuss the fate of Mike Miles.  Come join us!   We have signs "Reform YES!  Miles NO!" and others.  We will picket until they are all there for the 9 AM meeting.

Disd parent
Disd parent

I read the full Coggins report - my takeaway from the way the report was written was that it was likely Elsa Pennell who changed the parameters to ensure that Concilio did not get selected. Anyone have intel whether that is a possible scenario? If we had real investigative journalists in this city, someone would take a look at every angle but we don't.  

The two most damning things to me are his interference with witnesses in the OPR investigation and the coordinated attack on the BOT via Smelker's resignation letter. I can't believe the amount of time Miles invested in coordinating Smelker's letter and the release of the letter to the press. Did Miles really believe that he could circumvent things by emailing from his personal email account? He truly is an amateur. 

13th Year
13th Year

Jaquielynn Floyd has a good column today.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

BOT:

If, by any chance, fear of negative public reaction is inhibiting you from firing FMM, take heart! Public reaction in Dallas has all the depth of a jigger of scotch! Any public outcry about firing FMM will be transferred to Jerry Jones as soon as the Cowboys lose two in a row.

Just keeping asking yourself that question: is FMM the best we can do for the children of DISD?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

BOT:

Please note #5.

"“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.

2. Play fair.

3. Don't hit people.

4. Put thngs back where you found them.

5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.

6. Don't take things that aren't yours.

7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.

8. Wash your hands before you eat.

9. Flush.

10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.

12. Take a nap every afternoon.

13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2399046-all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-in-kindergarten

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

How about viewing the Coggins' report as a medical one?

"The patient suffers from multiple self-inflicted wounds. There is no evidence to the contrary suggesting the involvement of others."

BOT:

This "wounded patient" is the best hope for our children?

No. Buy him a wheelchair, a "get well" card and help him into a cab to the destination of his choice.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Shouldn't the only question being asked by the DMN amidst this all too frequent DISD turmoil be "What's best for our children?" All the tonnage of FMM/BOT drama and malfeasance aside, does FMM's track record to date in DISD indicate that he is our children's best hope?

Since the karma for DISD appears to include a well-oiled revolving door at 3700 Ross Avenue, let's embrace rather than resist it and adopt the Thomas Edison approach to finding a filiment for an incandescent bulb: "burn" through as many filament-superintendents as it takes until we find the one that illuminates our low SES and minority children with academic success.

As much as I despise the BOT, maybe they'll grow a heart and/or find a conscience at some point and actually bring a collaborative and healing leader for our children. Maybe it will take a few more election cycles until we get a critical mass of integrity on the BOT, but staying with FMM is a far worse prospect.

For those who find the prospect of "burning" through superintendents fearful, assuage your fear with this bedrock guarantee: teachers always have and always will do their best to take up the slack left by the idiotic choices of BOT's, politicians and profiteers who have no educational credentials or teaching experience. They will show up day after policy ruined day to teach your children.

So, despised BOT: fear not, lead blindly if necessary, bicker amongst yourselves ad nauseum and pander to your personal gain (see you in church...); but for the sake of our children, try someone else with my blessing.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Look at this question from the latest DMN editorial. Isn't it an example of the "appealing to fear" category of fallacious arguments?

Is their argument that we should stick with FMM out of fear of not being able to find another replacement? Really?

"But if the board takes the undeniably disruptive step of starting over with a new search, who exactly would consider working for trustees unwilling or unable to stand by their choice?

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130909-editorial-dallas-isd-s-mike-miles-quandary.ece

"APPEAL TO FEAR

argumentum in terrorem

(also known as: argumentum ad metum, argument from adverse consequences, scare tactics)

Description: When fear, not based on evidence or reason, is being used as the primary motivator to get others to accept an idea, proposition, or conclusion."

http://www.logicallyfallacious.com/index.php/logical-fallacies/32-appeal-to-fear

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

I have to say that I love KERA and am a member/supporter, but I may have to cancel my membership if they can't find someone else to comment besides Morath. Where is Bill Betzen, Michael MacNaughton, or Don Williams? Why does it always have to be Morath?

tiredofthenonsense
tiredofthenonsense

THE BIG BOYS HAVE NO POWER HERE!  It is apparent that the teachers and staff of DISD have walked away from Mr. Miles.  No matter what he says or does, he will be ignored and increasingly marginalized.  Further, those who fell in line with him and his Kool Aid have also become irrelevant.  They are now seen for what they are - individuals who hated the tough work that is classroom teaching, and were more interested in making a buck than teaching students.

SO let's all take a deep breath, exhale and let all the crap go.  It's all over but the shouting.  No matter how long Miles sticks around, we don't have to worry anymore.  Receive a poor spot observation?  Toss it in the trash.  Put on a growth plan?  Call your local union reps and put them on the case.  (Trust me it works!)  Dealing with smart ass "academic coaches" who are not worth their weight in tortilla chips?  Look at them, laugh, and remember - "there but for the grace of God, go I" 

Just one small suggestion before I close.  Could we please stop talking about that man who writes for the DMN and the one who writes for the DO as if they are some sort of alien species.  Are they wrong?  Yes.  Are they ignorant of the real issues facing urban educators?  Yes.  Are they in love with money and being able to hang out with those who have lots of it?  Yes.  Are they sellouts in their chosen careers?  Yes.  BUT, I was always taught that class shows when one treats such people with respect and decency.  They are humans.  They are our fellow citizens.  We only lower ourselves when we use some of the language I've seen on this and other blogs.  Let's disagree with them, and with Miles.  But let's do it as professionals who are well educated and classy.

The sun will come up tomorrow, and we'll all have some incredibly talented and wonderful young people waiting to hear what we have to say.  Go do it the right way.  Get off the road to Broad and Destination 2020.  Ignore the MRSs and DOLs.  Give them the quality education that only you know how to give.  Let's be who we are called to be.  And let's shake Miles, McKenzie, Schultze, and all the rest off of our boots.  

Dazed and confused
Dazed and confused

Just a thought.....do you think we can expect to see what has happened to this school district as a skit on the season premier of SNL? You just can't make any of this up. SNL doesn't even need to look far for writers, there are some excellent ones right here on this blog. There is definitely more money in writing for TV than teaching.

Uncle Bill cannot read
Uncle Bill cannot read

Bill McKenzie didn't read the investigative report. He already made up his mind that this is all a little personality conflict between 4 named board members and Miles.

Bill gets paid to READ.

Bill seldom READS anything.

Bill is remarkably ignorant, but this idea of not reading a $100K report is insulting to us all.

The report states clearly that Miles used thousands of dollars putting together a letter to embarrass board members and praise himself.

For that alone, he should be fired. So should all his helpers.

And so should Bill McKenzie.

If the named four board members want Miles gone, we can add a couple of other members who privately also want him gone.

That is a majority of the board.

This is not some minor personality conflict.

apologytoWilonsky
apologytoWilonsky

It's time to apologize to Robert Wilonsky.

When he left the DO, we no longer had eyes and ears on the street, going to all those city council meetings and letting us know what was going on. He is such a good reporter that his blogs were just like being at the meeting. All the important points were there.

We thought he had sold out going to the DMN.

Now it appears the DO is left with a chief Crackhead and no good writers.

Someone needs to pinch Jim Crackhead and tell him it's no longer 1980 or 1990 or even 2000.

South Dallas is a shell of itself. Kathlyn Gilliam, SIN, and Yvonne Ewell are gone. There aren't even very many students left, only those too poor to leave. Pretty soon it will be called Tumblweedville.

So Crackhead's constant beating of the drum about the powerbrokers in the school district in South Dallas, well, might as well be farting into the wind except we are downwind and catching all the smell.

Crackhead Jim has no notion of exactly what Miles' plans were. Crackhead just knows that he is an old dog who has lost his bearings and refuses to come to terms with that fact. 

Miles isn't jousting with South Dallas. He's running all the talent out of the district in all the sectors. Teachers, principals, and administrators despise him because he is a bully and a fraud, not because he's trying to reform anything.

That principals' academy the Crackhead is so keen on didn't produce any more than a Depression era cow. It was a boondoggle for Miles' consulting business.

Miles is trying to use Dallas to grow his consulting business. Instead, he's been caught fabricating so many myths about himself that no one takes him seriously.

Uplift is growing its kingdom based on Todd Williams helping to burn down Dallas public school. Todd is the ultimate weapon for Uplift. He pretends to be doing good for Dallas kids while doing everything he can--including supporting Miles--that he knows will ruin public education for 90% of the kids.

So we have Todd Williams licking his jowls at keeping Miles in power and Jim Crackhead screaming that he is not on drugs while making all the sounds that crackheads make.


apologytoWilonsky
apologytoWilonsky

It's time to apologize to Robert Wilonsky. When he left the DO, we no longer had eyes and ears on the street, going to all those city council meetings and letting us know what was going on. He is such a good reporter that his blogs were just like being at the meeting. All the important points were there. We thought he had sold out going to the DMN. Now it appears the DO is left with a chief Crackhead and no good writers. Someone needs to pinch Jim Crackhead and tell him it's no longer 1980 or 1990 or even 2000. South Dallas is a shell of itself. Kathlyn Gilliam, SIN, and Yvonne Ewell are gone. There aren't even very many students left, only those too poor to leave. Pretty soon it will be called Tumblweedville. So Crackhead's constant beating of the drum about the powerbrokers in the school district in South Dallas, well, might as well be farting into the wind except we are downwind and catching all the smell. Crackhead Jim has no notion of exactly what Miles' plans were. Crackhead just knows that he is an old dog who has lost his bearings and refuses to come to terms with that fact.  Miles isn't jousting with South Dallas. He's running all the talent out of the district in all the sectors. Teachers, principals, and administrators despise him because he is a bully and a fraud, not because he's trying to reform anything. That principals' academy the Crackhead is so keen on didn't produce any more than a Depression era cow. It was a boondoggle for Miles' consulting business. Miles is trying to use Dallas to grow his consulting business. Instead, he's been caught fabricating so many myths about himself that no one takes him seriously. Uplift is growing its kingdom based on Todd Williams helping to burn down Dallas public school. Todd is the ultimate weapon for Uplift. He pretends to be doing good for Dallas kids while doing everything he can--including supporting Miles--that he knows will ruin public education for 90% of the kids. So we have Todd Williams licking his jowls at keeping Miles in power and Jim Crackhead screaming that he is not on drugs while making all the sounds that crackheads make.

Retired Librarian
Retired Librarian

@Disrupted DISD Spedmaster A is for Abigail Book Fairy RIPBroad Even if they manage to get the kids tested (long shot at best), the testing almost always comes back just a couple of points above the cut off for services, so no services have to be provided.  Sorry to say, but that has been the DISD way for years.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

E Kim Selim There are signs you can buy that say "A clean desk is a sure sign of a sick mind"

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

A is for Abigail, I don't see how you come up with the idea that BOT's keeping Miles would give teachers more power. I also don't think the public has much interest in what teachers are suffering under Miles. They might, however, get upset at kids' being transported to school in private cars and by taxi. We'll take any dissatisfaction we can at this point, but I wouldn't expect a big surge in respect for teachers under any circumstances. Why? Because the corporatists have spent years discrediting the entire teaching profession based on test scores alone, totally ignoring the effects of poverty on learning. I don't look for that to change until the reform movement is found to be a fraud, and that could take a while.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

rovebo This is reform? It is beyond laughable, a mix of cultish and corporate nonsense applied as a veneer, while actual student educational needs are left untended (or actually dissembled.) Get rid of teachers, end up with classes of 60, but as long as kids are lining up to shake hands before entering the auditorium and the teacher's desk is not cluttered, success is declared!  Is the principal at Spruce even a real person? This is insane.

Time to go
Time to go

@momof3  Quitting in the middle of the school year even for a medical reason can make it hard to get another teaching job. Alternatives to that are finding a job doing something else in the meantime (a promotion), or having to quit because her husband/fiancée got transferred out of town.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

My supervisor chastised me for a messy desk with "A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind". I put up a sign, "if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk represent"? She left me alone.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

Disd parent Undertheradar  You are exactly right, DISD parent!  Please let your neighbors and the other parents in your schools know that they need to email him repeatedly with their opinions.  In fact, it might be good to get some numbers on just how many in a particular neighborhood and/or school would like to see Miles removed, just to be able to prove him wrong.  Unfortunately, he is able to make these public remarks without anyone challenging him. That needs to stop- your voices need to be heard somehow.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

rovebo That is disgusting!  Hope she has lots of hand sanitizer or is not worried about spreading illness.  When a teacher has 2 0r 3 different preps it is impossible to keep a "neat" desk.  They need an administrative assistant.

Disd parent
Disd parent

Undertheradar I heard Mike Morath on KERA this morning saying that most constituents are supportive of retaining Miles. I am in his district and I know many in his district who have expressed repeatedly to him that Miles wasn't up for the job from the start. I guess his constituent's voices will have to grow louder for him to hear a little better!

mired by mike
mired by mike

@Pancho Villa MrGlen A is for Abigail Book Fairy RIPBroad  My question is, why isn't your daughter asking these questions herself?

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@momof3 MrGlen A is for Abigail Book Fairy RIPBroad You are wasting time explaining Gen Ed teachers about the DISD AC program. If the AC Dep. goes away Dallas will be disbanded. They are the only reason why DISD have Bil. teachers. Tell you daughter to look for a principal that is in greater need of a bilingual teacher that will help a little bit. I need 5 in my building. Good luck and welcome to BIl. Education in Dallas ISD. Now, you see why Duncanville ISD only has 51% ELL graduation rate. Nobody cares any longer.

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

@momof3 there are no transfers granted between schools mid year as to my knowledge. She would have to quit and the district is threatening to go after teachers certificates. There are acceptable reasons to resign/quit in Board policy, but not sure how that would apply to her. She may just have bear it out this year and not sign a new contract as she looks for a job for next year come January/ bilingual teachers are in demand and she should not have a problem come spring for next year.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

Undertheradar Keep Daniel Ortiz's phone number near by!

Petpau
Petpau

I have known excellent AC teachers. If your daughter is unhappy with the principal, maybe she needs to ask to speak with the principal privately and spell out her concerns. Take the advice of the principal and document everything.

momof3
momof3

very disappointed in some of the answers below. there was only one concrete suggestion on how to resign from the disd. and then one suggestion to disregard the first due to never being hired again. my daughter is not interested in quitting the teaching field, she is trying to transfer out of the disd to another district. not a wealthier one, a different one. this was not afforded her in the summer due to how the state of texas does not give out its final news of passing the process until after it is too late. there are a number of things wrong with education in texas. my daughter is still interested in a career anyway. i was recently in contact with a bilingual male teacher who quit after 3 years and is now in an office job. i fully expect my daughter will be teaching for years. so back to my original question, what is the best way to request a release from her contract? her principal does not follow disd policy and she would prefer to work for a principal who does follow district rules. there is so so much that i am not writing due to privacy concerns. my daughter just wants out without getting a lawyer, without reporting her principal. how, is the question. 

BillBetzen
BillBetzen

You are welcome to bring your own sign, your own statement, but we have many extra.

Undertheradar
Undertheradar

@SorenK What an idiot he is.  He says we should start out with what's important, education gains, then his first item mentioneded is money - the increase in the surplus, partly due to cutting highly paid and highly effective Principals and teachers, being understaffed in the field, while pouring big bucks into the inner circle.

Then he credits Miles for trends that were going on already and aren't the result of his year of turmoil.  As for the African American gain of 2.4% on the college readiness gap, that brings a 34% lag down 0.78% as if that fell within a statistically significant margin of error.

Lew Blackburn sounded open to removing Miles but Cowan was significantly by his side throughout yesterday's interviews after Miles presentation and declared it would take 5 votes to remove him.  I had hoped a 4/4 would be seen as a vote of no confidence.  If he's got Coggins, Morath, and Micciche, that leaves the opposition needing Bingham.  Anyone have a feel for how she would go?

As far as the DMN goes, yesterday's editorial about shooting himself in the foot was the first one not coming from Matthew or Tawnell that's made any sense. 

MorathisaDunce
MorathisaDunce

@SorenK

Morath and his buddy Edwin--totally disingenuous and faulty information. What else would be expect?

1.      DISD’s CEI has been peer reviewed and reviewed by TEA as a result of a teacher grievance. Both researchers and TEA found huge fault with the validity of the CEI.

2.DISD’s SEI is weighted heavily with its ACPs and other invalid indicators of learning. It gives parents false indicators of the quality of schools. Using it to excuse running off the TAG principal and replacing him with a TFA POS is inexcusable and not a result of being data driven. In other cases, it gives false positives, as is the case with Roosevelt and Boude Storey.

3.Principals in DISD decided not to test as many students on the SAT/ACT, thus increasing their scores. Any dolt could figure this out, but not Morath apparently. The achievement gap isn’t decreasing; the sample tested is decreasing.

4.Increasing the fund balance on the backs of students and teachers is beyond appalling. Teachers pay for students’ food and supplies out of teachers’ small paychecks. How disingenuous to build a fund balance off huge classes, missing teachers, and no supplies.

5.No one knows how many teachers are missing. HR doesn’t know and Miles lies constantly.

6.There was little growth across the state on STAAR and EOCs. Morath knows this. Tiny gains of a couple of points are of no consequence. Morath also knows this. There is plenty of evidence that due to massive failure on EOCs Dallas will have the smallest graduating classes in history in 2015. The board knows nothing about this because info is kept from them and the public.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Persona non grata What I don't understand is why he's not on administrative leave. He has been verified by a very expensive legal team to have committed cause for termination acts.  If the board doesn't care, then WHY did they spend the money chasing rats when they could have funded two new teachers?  Just sayin'

SorenK
SorenK

Excellent thoughts and some much needed optimism as well. Said fools deserve refutation but let's keep on keeping on. Taking the long view is a good way to keep sane, especially in this environment.

disgruntled
disgruntled

@Persona non grata You don't really have to go much further than the first sentence.  "I have not read the Coggins report on Mike Miles."


Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@momof3 One more thing! When you or she make those calls I want you to speak in Spanish. You should ask to speak with a Bil. clerk. Do not talk to MONOLINGUAL clerks! Try also OAK CLIFF that area is predominantly Hispanic.Let me know the outcome.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@momof3Find a school first; West Dallas is opening several PK classes now. She needs to call each school in WEST Dallas. One or two principal will take her. Never mind what these Gen Ed. teachers tell you. They are not qualified to teach in those classrooms at all. The State of Texas says so! This is the never ending cycle. She needs to find an OLD or senior Bil. teacher to show her the ropes: talking to the right person is the key. She MUST stay away from Gen. Ed. That is not her field, right or wrong? Transfers are hard but not impossible! Just read all that hate here! Go find you a nice building preferable with a Latino principal. Si se puede!

thinkingteacher0027
thinkingteacher0027

@momof3 I assume you asking this question because your daughter wants out of DISD. ASAP! If she is serious about leaving, she should have a teaching job lined up with another district. However, she should tell the other district that she is still employed by DISD. The other district might take back a job offer if she is still under contract with DISD. It sounds like your daughter is in a very difficult situation. My best advice is for her to stick it out until the end of the year. Then, she should look for another job. I don't think you will find a clear cut answer. On another thought, if your daughter is willing to move (like far), she could get out of a contract.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@momof3 Gen Ed teachers will never know about Bil. Business. It is a lot better to allow a transfer than to lose a Bil. teacher. Keep one thing in mind; Bil.Teacher are needed all over the state of Texas. Gen Ed. teacher you can find them 10 to a penny. Tell you daughter that she needs to find a better school. Lateral transfers!

Time to go
Time to go

@momof3 

Quitting in the middle of the school year even for a medical reason can make it hard to get another teaching job. Alternatives to that are finding a job doing something else in the meantime (a promotion), or having to quit because her husband/fiancée got transferred out of town.

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

@momof3 there are no transfers granted between schools mid year as to my knowledge. She would have to quit and the district is threatening to go after teachers certificates. There are acceptable reasons to resign/quit in Board policy, but not sure how that would apply to her. She may just have bear it out this year and not sign a new contract as she looks for a job for next year come January/ bilingual teachers are in demand and she should not have a problem come spring for next year.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@momof3 I have seen few Bil teachers transferred from one building to another in the middle of the year. I have never seen a gen. ed. teacher do that. However your daughter could try.

BillBetzen
BillBetzen

Once the Board has arrived, probably by 9:30 AM at the latest, we may go out for coffee somewhere to await the results.

Undertheradar
Undertheradar

Sorry, I read too fast.  It was 2.5% of 34% for all students of color.  The African American rate should be higher and I don't know that it went down at all.  Anyway I under-credited the overall change which should be 0.85%.  At that rate in 20 years we'll be down to a 28.7% gap.  That'll be a big bonus year for FMM.

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Pancho, you know, I skip your opinions because 1) they make no sense, 2) you do not have a good grasp of English and they are poorly written, and 3) they are usually offensive. A good teacher is a good teacher, whether they are bilingual or general education. Conversely, bad teachers cross all certification boundaries. I never comment negatively about my colleagues, but this post was truly offensive.

Any teacher with a sanction on their certification will find it near impossible to get another job, and rightly so...they are abandoning their students for the safety and comfort of the burbs. New teacher needs to put her big girl panties on and learn from her experience - or move....far away.

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Right? Aything he tries to say after that is just bogus. Who would realistically write an opinion piece without having all the facts? Only someone totally interested in the sound of his own soapbox.

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We know words are powerful and ideas even more so. Profanity isn't really necessary for emphasis or a substitute for passion here. Thank you.

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."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
3700 Ross Avenue, Box 1
Dallas, TX 75204

Superintendent Mike Miles
milesfm@dallasisd.org

Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
Term Expires 2016
lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
Term Expires 2014
miguelsolis@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
Term Expires 2016
ecowan@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
Term Expires 2016
nbingham@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
Term Expires 2015
elizabethjones@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2014
mmorath@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
Term Expires 2015
danmicciche@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
email coming
(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2015
benutall@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833