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Dr. Michael A Dryden Weighs in on TEI with Six Major Concerns

There seems to be a recent push to validate the TEI through the media and not research with some dubious claims that are not supported by proper data analysis. Therefore I want to recommend some data concerns and how to

Posted in Administrative Policies, Baloney Meter, Belo Expectations, Chicken on a Soapbox, Teachers Rule

What We Need Now are Some Heroes

Last year, this blog likened the home rule charter initiative to a stink bomb tossed over the fence. Mayor Mike Rawlings, trustee Mike Morath, and Todd! Williams, under cover of Support Our Public Schools, and with the help of local

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O Come All Ye Failures…

Poor and black? Brown and disadvantaged? Or just a child of any ethnicity unlucky enough to be trapped in the failure that everyone seems to think is Dallas ISD? Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer has the answer to your

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Follow The Money

Next week Keller and Birdville ISD voters will make a decision on bond proposals. Like many metroplex school districts, they are dealing with ageing facilities while facing increasing enrollment and a mandate from both the legislature and the community to

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Waiting for 21,908 Men in Dallas to Speak Out

People often ask why women stay in abusive relationships. They note the heavy makeup covering the bruises and shake their heads. “Just walk out, woman.” And then there’s the advice, often from other women, to try harder. “Honey, everybody’s got

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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."

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