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You Want Data? Read It and Weep

As expected by everyone but perhaps Mayor Rawlings and Todd Williams, 5th and 8th grade Reading scores are out, and they are even worse than last year’s scores…which were worse than the year before. DISD 5th graders performed much worse

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This DISD Teacher Remembers Jim Jones

If you’ve ever wondered where the phrase “drinking the kool-aid” comes from, it comes from a horrific event several decades ago. In 1978, Jim Jones was the leader of a cult. In November of that year, Jones decreed that it

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Why I Wouldn’t Transfer to a DISD ACE School

Three years after Mike Miles arrived, DISD is still glutted with low-performing schools. In fact, the number of low-performing (or Improvement Required) schools has gone up under Miles. So, because the “disruptive change” and expensive “reforms” didn’t work out as

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Right Before STAAR Testing, DISD Students Give Up Learning to Complete Surveys

Does this make sense to anyone? Roughly 1.5 weeks before the middle school STAAR tests begin and 3 weeks before the high school STAAR tests, Mike Miles decided to have the students complete teacher evaluations. That’s right: all secondary students

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DISD’s ACE Schools Kick Weak Kids in the Teeth

I’m sure it helps test scores, but punishing the weakest, least supported kids in Dallas by driving them out is no way to run a school district. And yet, that’s exactly the crux of Miles’ latest idea: Set up ACE

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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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Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
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(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
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(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
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North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
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(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

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

Mike Morath
District 2
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(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
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(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
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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