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Wake Up, Everybody

I greeted Hinojosa’s return to the district with some relief, as when he was superintendent he focused on higher order thinking skills and allowed relative freedom for teachers to teach the way they knew worked. Hinojosa invested in research-based training

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A Dallas ISD Trustee’s Guide to Superintendent Training

There’s a classic Gary Larson cartoon that has a dog owner sternly admonishing his dog to “stay out of the garbage!” or else. The dog, listening intently, hears “blah, blah, blah.” Dallas ISD trustees should tape this cartoon to their

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Dallas ISD Administration: Caught with Their Pants Down

Tuesday was the start of exam week in DISD high schools, and administration is furiously trying to figure out just exactly what that means. Apparently someone forgot to address the policy changes needed to accommodate STARR/EOC and ACP high school

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Dallas ISD Teacher Shortage – the Chicken or the Egg?

At the upcoming January board briefing, trustees will receive information on, and presumably discuss, a number of issues related to staffing. The Personnel Report lists employees that have left the district in the month of November, including over 30 staffers

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Dallas ISD Magnet Applicants Express Concern

Magnet applicants on a recent campus tour received an extra bit of information they certainly did not expect to hear: tips on how to cheat the residency requirements. As part of the magnet application, students must provide a report card,

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

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District 8
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Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

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District 7
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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

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District 2
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North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche
District 3
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Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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District 9
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