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A Pig in a Poke and a Bond Election: DISD Does it Again

Complete with typos and misspellings, bold italics added, here is the text of the Notice of Bond Election, called by Dallas ISD trustees for November 3, 2015. PROPOSITION NO. 1 “SHALL THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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And So It Goes: Goodbye, Jon Dahlander!

Well, we can’t let Dallas ISD spokesperson Jon Dahlander’s resignation from the district go by without comment. His departure (for the spokesman job in Highland Park ISD) leaves Ann Smisko (she still here?) as the only inner circle member that

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Hinojosa: Reading Between the Lines

A previous post on DISD interim superintendent Michael Hinojosa was followed by over a hundred comments, many making suggestions for ways the district could be improved, at least from a teacher/student standpoint. Tawnell Hobbs of the Dallas Morning News interviewed

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Tonya Sadler Grayson: So Special in DISD

I think I know what tunes Tonya Sadler Grayson plays through her headphones on her way to work at the converted grocery store that is Dallas ISD’s personnel department. Mavado’s “I’m So Special.” How else can we explain why she

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Dallas Infested With Fact Resistant Humans

Writing for The New Yorker, in his satirical column, The Borowitz Report, Andy Borowitz stumbled upon the real reason behind the Dallas community’s support for Superintendent Mike Miles. Borowitz, tongue in cheek, writes of the discovery of “a virulent strain

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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
Email coming soon

Lew Blackburn, 2nd Vice President
District 5
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, 1st Vice President
District 8
Term Expires 2017
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan, President
District 7
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expired Dec 2015
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche
District 3
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

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

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2018
(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