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When the Levees Broke in Dallas ISD

In a parallel universe down in New Orleans, the transformation myth of the Recovery District, a portfolio district of privatized charters that was forced on the citizens of New Orleans, is being dissembled by Louisiana education bloggers and the publication

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Dallas Home Rule:Imagine the (2,020) Possibilities!

The Charter Commission met Monday night and, as the DMN’s Matt Haag aptly put it, “some commissioners struggled to understand” the ins and outs of Chapter 12. That is understandable, as anything legalese requires that common folk must first twist

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BIG ALEC and little alec: Together in Dallas

Dallas hosted the national conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council this week. These are the Big Guys, the consortium of elected officials and lobbyists that conspire to develop, introduce, and pass legislation favoring corporate interests. Corporations signed up for

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Dallas Home Rule Changes: Be Careful What You Ask For

It’s that time of year, when we start thinking “back to school.” If voters adopt a charter that Dallas schools will operate under, most certainly that charter will specify that the district will set its own school start dates. The

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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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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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Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
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(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
Term Expires 2014
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(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
Term Expires 2016
ecowan@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

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

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
Term Expires 2015
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(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2014
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North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
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Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
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Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2015
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(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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