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2 Steps in the Right Direction

Now that the bond has passed and I’m no longer in any danger of being fired or sued or harassed for getting between bond beneficiaries and their Benjamin’s, let’s get back to the serious business of rooting out the idiocy

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Hinojosa: Fix This for Teachers!

Few people realize that the TEI (Teacher Excellence Initiative) penalizes hard-working teachers at a school if the school’s overall STAAR scores are not good. That’s right: a teacher who works hard in his or her own classroom and manages to

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Bad News for the Bond…and Hinojosa

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and the bond-backers were all smiles at the DISD convocation on Wednesday, but bad news is now headed their way. Their party’s over. The first round of bad news will arrive next week, when students head back

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DISD Pays Teachers to Sit and Watch; No Bond Needed

A new school year is starting! Welcome back to all teachers and staff! And although we’ve managed to get rid of one huge scourge plaguing the children of DISD, we have a few remaining issues to tackle. Let’s get started!

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Why DISD’s Imagine 2020 Initiative Failed

I read the article in the DMN about DISD’s failing 2020 schools and I could not believe the Editorial Board had the nerve to ask: “So what went wrong?” Really? What went wrong? As if each of them did not

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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 [Mike Miles] 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

Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
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Lew Blackburn, 2nd Vice President
District 5
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Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, 1st Vice President
District 8
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Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

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District 7
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North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
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Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
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Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
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North and Near East Dallas

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

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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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

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