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Make Miles Stay

Notice this: Mike Miles and Todd Williams are just about the best thing that’s happened to the Dallas Morning News in a long time. Thanks to their involvement with DISD, scarcely a day goes by without a story on Miles,

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1 Climate Survey, More Bill McKenzie, No Exxon Building and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Whew! We made it through the first semester! Well done, DISD teachers! Let’s take a moment to reflect on recent DISD news you might have missed due to ACPs: The Climate Survey results for the district (but not individual campuses)

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A Better Dallas ISD: Two Ideas We Can Use Today

Several years ago there was an outcry when a popular hiking trail in California was found to have been, apparently, torn up by mountain bikers. The public outcry over the damage done was quickly taken up by the local Sierra

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That Big Sucking Sound and the Marsh “Miracle”

If the Great Halloween Pumpkin granted Dallas teachers just two wishes, we are all sure that a UHaul for Mike Miles might top the list. Our second wish might be a fact checker for Bill McKenzie at the Dallas Morning

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Could Bill McKenzie Be a Bigger Fool

Bill McKenzie of the Dallas Morning Snooze is at it again. McKenzie continues to spread his special brand of journalistic fertilizer, and as it heats up in Dallas, the stench can be overwhelming. His last little blog heralded the great

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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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