One Ranger, One Riot

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one-riot-one-rangerBack in the folklore of the Old West law enforcement is the story of the time the Texas Rangers were called to Dallas to stop an illegal heavyweight prize fight in 1896– canonized in Texas history as only one Ranger arriving to stop one potential riot.

Dallas needs more than one Texas law enforcement official to stop the charade occurring with Dallas superintendent Mike Miles, a scurrilous carpetbagger from Colorado with a history of creating film-inspired mythic narratives of himself.

Why the Rangers?

The Texas Ranger Division joins with all other enforcement agencies …..when it is apparent that the local officials are unwilling or unable to maintain law and order.

We have a situation in Dallas, Texas where a school superintendent who is supposed to report to a board of locally elected officials has decided to thumb his nose at policy and at local citizens by refusing to produce evidence requested by an investigation into his behavior.

An investigation by a former United States Attorney made Miles’ policy violations clear to the school board even though Dallas superintendent Mike Miles has refused to produce the evidence needed to tie him to a letter writing campaign impugning the Board of Trustees.

Mike Miles continues dancing and thumbing his nose at justice and school board members seem unwilling to punish his blatant insubordination and contempt for them,the Dallas public schools, and the citizens who pay Miles’ bloated salary.

The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, already violated Dallas city policy by working to elect certain board members by stacking his education PACs with funding. Rawlings cries crocodile tears over the plight of Dallas public education while doing everything possible to continue the siege by the rogue superintendent.

So what’s left for the citizens of Dallas and the weak-willed Dallas Board of Trustees except to make those phone calls asking for the kind of backup that inspired the story of the Lone Ranger?

We have an Imperial Superintendent here in Dallas who believes, just like Richard Nixon, that he is beyond the law. Miles thinks his band of heavies, including Todd Williams and the mayor, elevate him far above average citizens. Caught penning and leaking a letter to punish Dallas board members for daring to question his Imperial Crony, Kevin Smelker, Miles has refused to produce the contents of his personal emails that were used as cover for his lambasting his own elected board.

Texas Open Records laws make Miles’ personal emails, when used for school district business, open for public inspection.

So it’s time we hear the William Tell Overture, the one announcing the arrival of Justice in the form of some plain-spoken men and women carrying badges who understand the foundation of the American Constitution.

We’d also like to call forth the spirit of former U.S Representative Barbara Jordan who didn’t see the removal of a President as heavy lifting when the question of equality before the law was in question.

The impeachment of President Nixon was based on, “a series of public statements and actions designed to thwart the lawful investigation by government prosecutors,” wrote Representative Jordan.

Instead of the famous ethics of Barbara Jordan being cited in reference to Miles’ misdeeds, we have smarmy phone calls from Eddie Bernice Johnson who didn’t mind lining the pockets of her relatives with public funds. Rep. Johnson is joined by a hack politician, Rene Martinez, who wants to substitute one form of race-based hiring with another as inherently illegal and unjust.

Mike Miles’ defenders are notable only in their total contempt for the average citizen who would have no say in dancing around the truth of a $100,000 investigation.

Go ahead and make the phone calls, citizens.

No CEO of any company in this city could spit in the face of a Board of Directors and just keep dancing around the truth.

Ask the Rangers to come to 3700 Ross Avenue and bring their subpoena power with them. Give the mayor a lesson in real drama.

And the next time the mayor or superintendent explains how necessary school reform is in Dallas, Texas, remind them no cause is so great as to undermine the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution and equality before the law.

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Stinkaroo
Stinkaroo

@voter Abigail A Adams You called that one right.  Too bad Meekeechay has his head up Miles's arse.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Fed up and ready to go I am familiar with both HISD and DISD and I can tell you Miles is a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 and Grier is a 4.  I understand your concerns but Miles is actually destroying lives and getting away with it.  Like it or not the business community has and will in the foreseeable control DISD. They know they made a huge mistake but cannot publically admit it, even Rawlings knows it.  My #1 priority is getting rid of Miles at any cost before it is too late.

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

E Kim Selim HISD I believe is experiencing a mass exodus of teachers similar to DISD. No to Grier.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

For those of us that HAVE BEEN in that wall, (DMZ), we know this is the wrong way to run a SCHOOL DISTRICT. Why you never tell us your rank? Why you never told us you DD-214  code? Tell that to an OLD Sergeant! I will keep it a secret.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I copy loud and clear Mrs. Ranger. 

We MUST now force the Dallas School Board President to put in the agenda a call for a Vote to TERMINATE  Floyd Mike Miles or we will starts calling our state Reps. and TEA to come here and Take OVER. 

Mr. Cowan do not be so stupid and ruin your political career on this sack of sh*it. he is done. He is finished. NO MAS! Excuse yourself by asking him for his DD-214 and see what he will tell you. He is not good. He was not good. He will never be any good. 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I copy loud and clear Mrs. Ranger.  We MUST now force the Dallas School Board President to put in the agenda a call for a Vote to TERMINATE  Floyd Mike Miles or we will starts calling our state Reps. and TEA to come here and Take OVER.  Mr. Cowan do not be so stupid and ruin your political career on this sack of sh*it. he is done. He is finished. NO MAS! Excuse yourself by asking him for his DD-214 and see what he will tell you. He is not good. He was not good. He will never be any good.

Words2theWise
Words2theWise

retiredteacher I can't believe this craziness...

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

I wonder how Carla would vote... :)

"When a fair and democratic vote is placed on the Agenda, I will vote to terminate Superintendent Mike Miles for cause based on the completed investigations, the related evidence and "for the good of the district.""

http://carlaranger.blogspot.com/?m=1

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

I wonder how Carla would vote... :) "When a fair and democratic vote is placed on the Agenda, I will vote to terminate Superintendent Mike Miles for cause based on the completed investigations, the related evidence and "for the good of the district."" http://carlaranger.blogspot.com/?m=1

voter
voter

Abigail A Adams  Miccicche is the one who needs the most letter and calls.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

So, still discussing what to put in his contract as punishment? Not enough votes to fire him, but 4 people don't want him. It's just a matter

of time, I hope.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

So, still discussing what to put in his contract as punishment? Not enough votes to fire him

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

BlueBonnet NO, that is released from active duty. RELEASED is not a bad thing, one just did not make the cut, score or advancement. RIF is REDUCTION IN FORCE. REDUCTION IN FORCE is done across the board, and the lower ranks and those with fewer years of service are the ones affected. The last major RIF in the military was done in 1992-1993, once the USSR collapsed and our need for a large standing presence in Western Europe was over.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

BlueBonnet Abigail A Adams Tell me the code on his DD-214 and I tell you why he left the Us Army.

Words2theWise
Words2theWise

CONSULA Quo Qu ohhh Right now, it all seems to be about personal agendas, and what was this about Morath telling the Concilio to change their name??!! Someone mentioned racketeering - I think Coggins should have dug a little deeper - if they keep him, that was a waste of $100,000!!

Words2theWise
Words2theWise

I am ill, and sure hate I cannot be at the BOT meeting tonight! I must say that the speakers are on it - regarding the discipline issues, the fact that Miles works for the Board, the undermining manner that the salary schedule was altered without Board consent, the bid-rigging, the cab and suv rides undermining the safety of the children, and the the overall sentiment that Miles just needs to pack up and return to Colorado. It was funny that he had a couple of pawns in the audience to make presentations to support him - seriously...

Words2theWise
Words2theWise

I am ill, and sure hate I cannot be at the BOT meeting tonight! I must say that the speakers are on it - regarding the discipline issues, the fact that Miles works for the Board, the undermining manner that the salary schedule was altered without Board consent, the bid-rigging, the cab and suv rides undermining the safety of the children, and the the overall sentiment that Miles just needs to pack up and return to Colorado. It was funny that he had a couple of pawns in the audience to make presentations to support him - seriously...

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

Abigail A Adams BlueBonnet   That's what we all would like to know.  How long was he in the Army? At what rank did he enter and leave? The average time for enlisted is four years active and two years reserve. Does anyone know what the time is for an officer?

Abigail A Adams
Abigail A Adams

Citizens in Elizabeth Jones' district have received postcards and phone calls urging them to call her and express their lack of support for Miles.

The cards are sent by MilesAway.org.

Seriously?  We have PR campaigns against our superintendent and the BOT and the Mayor want to keep him?  

He's over.  He's done and so is anyone who supports him.

Abigail A Adams
Abigail A Adams

Citizens in Elizabeth Jones' district have received postcards and phone calls urging them to call her and express their lack of support for Miles. The cards are sent by MilesAway.org. Seriously?  We have PR campaigns against our superintendent and the BOT and the Mayor want to keep him?   He's over.  He's done and so is anyone who supports him.

madmusician
madmusician

BlueBonnet DOL doo doo madmusician Much obliged, all.

Abigail A Adams
Abigail A Adams

BlueBonnet Wait..what?  So what was his reason for leaving?

Words2theWise
Words2theWise

madmusician For future reference, you can also go to your cable channel - on uverse it is channel 99

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

DOL doo doo madmusician  My computer is acting up and won't load the live feed. I'm keeping up as best I can on the Dallas Morning News Live Feed blog.

madmusician
madmusician

How can you view the board meeting online?

madmusician
madmusician

How can you view the board meeting online?

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Pancho Villa For the non-military readers, please keep in mind that when someone is RIFed from the military, it is not the same as in a layoff. In the military, a person is RIFed when he/she is unable to meet the requirements of being advanced from one rank to the next. A person can only stay in one rank for a limited time. If you are unable to pass the advancement, you are discharged/RIFed. That information will be on the person's DD-214.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I know you people want his head. Some of you want his family jewels. I just want to read his DD-214. Will somebody from the Dallas BOT please ask Miles  for it? I have a feeling that he was RIFed.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@nonDISD teacher WE are not in that Wall. We are a SCHOOL DISTRICT. Do you understand what does means? Do you?

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Pancho Villa 

For the non-military readers, please keep in mind that when someone is RIFed from the military, it is not the same as in a layoff. In the military, a person is RIFed when he/she is unable to meet the requirements of being advanced from one rank to the next. A person can only stay in one rank for a limited time. If you are unable to pass the advancement, you are discharged/RIFed. That information will be on the person's DD-214.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

 For those of us that HAVE BEEN in that wall, (DMZ), we know this is the wrong way to run a SCHOOL DISTRICT. Why you never tell us your rank? Why you never told us you DD-214  code? Tell that to an OLD Sergeant! I will keep it a secret.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@DOL doo doo @madmusician 

My computer is acting up and won't load the live feed. I'm keeping up as best I can on the Dallas Morning News Live Feed blog. 

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@BlueBonnet NO, that is released from active duty. RELEASED is not a bad thing, one just did not make the cut, score or advancement.

RIF is REDUCTION IN FORCE.

REDUCTION IN FORCE is done across the board, and the lower ranks and those with fewer years of service are the ones affected. The last major RIF in the military was done in 1992-1993, once the USSR collapsed and our need for a large standing presence in Western Europe was over.  

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Abigail A Adams @BlueBonnet  

That's what we all would like to know.  How long was he in the Army? At what rank did he enter and leave? The average time for enlisted is four years active and two years reserve. Does anyone know what the time is for an officer?

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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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