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The Charter School Debate: Does DISD Really Suck?

The question of whether charter schools have discovered the secret formula for student success is a hot topic for discussion these days, especially in light of Mayor Rawlings’s push for a home rule district charter which will convert all of

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Hey, Sharon Grigsby

Hey, Sharon: Because you and Belo Expectations share such an affinity for cheap shots and have little actual expertise in combing through education data, let us know whether the following press release is true: “Principal Marian Willard and The Great

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Move On Down the Road

In what should have been a breaking news story, a Dallas Advanced Placement teacher increased his AP pass rate 20x by simply…moving on down the road to a magnet school. That was it. He didn’t grow another head or steal

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Say NO to YES

Bill McKenzie, posing as an education expert for The Dallas Morning Snooze, opined lately that the Texas Education Commissioner should have been chosen from the ranks of Uplift or YES charter management. Mike Miles, in his recent conversation with the

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Apples to…Elephants?

This past weekend, the Austin American Statesman ran an article on charter schools with this thought-provoking title:  “Could other schools learn charter lesson?”   The online version had a more provocative title:  “Can traditional schools learn a lesson from charters’ efficiency?” 

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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.

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