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Meet the New Face of SOPS

The Home Rule Commissioners met for the first time in 2015 and it was clear that most had forgotten what they had heard during their previous months of listening to community members and local experts. The overwhelming majority of those

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A Possible Solution for Dealey Montessori and Other Dallas ISD schools

The parents of students at Dealey are rightfully outraged, as the parents of all children at DISD elementary schools should be. Their children are being used as guinea pigs and their school is being dismantled in order for the district

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‘Tis the Season … for Dallas ISD Meetings

If anyone happens to not have enough to do already in December, there are a multitude of important meetings associated with all things DISD scheduled for the first week of of the intense shortened holiday season. As not all of

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Class Size Waiver Redux and the Dallas ISD

The statistics in Dallas ISD are all too familiar by now: Almost 160,000 students, mostly minority (70% Hispanic, 24% African American, 5% White, 1% Asian), with 89% of families earning less than 130% of the federal government’s defined poverty level

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Bond Election and Home Rule? Incompatible.

h/t to former State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt and her speech to the Dallas Assembly An article in Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, dropped a bombshell on the citizens of Dallas. However, it was quickly overshadowed by the

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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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