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This DISD Teacher Remembers Jim Jones

If you’ve ever wondered where the phrase “drinking the kool-aid” comes from, it comes from a horrific event several decades ago. In 1978, Jim Jones was the leader of a cult. In November of that year, Jones decreed that it

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DISD’s ACE Schools Kick Weak Kids in the Teeth

I’m sure it helps test scores, but punishing the weakest, least supported kids in Dallas by driving them out is no way to run a school district. And yet, that’s exactly the crux of Miles’ latest idea: Set up ACE

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Character Does Count

Dallas ISD, unfortunately, is currently running a deficit in the character department. Carmen Darville, chief of Human Capital Management, resigned this week after the release of instant messages that had circulated through her department, messages containing crude, derogatory remarks that

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Ring in the New Year-Same as the Old Year?

Probably, regrettably, yes. Unfortunately, also the same as the year before . A blog post from about this time last year listed 10 notable under-achievements for Dallas ISD in 2013, starting with 20% of teachers quitting, along with many long-time

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Dallas ISD and Mike Miles: A Moving Target

The day after elections is a special day. That’s when all the newly elected officials load up the dumpsters with campaign promises along with the leftover glossy mail outs. Maybe my cynical view of politicians comes from a too close

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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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Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
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Lew Blackburn, 2nd Vice President
District 5
Term Expires May 2016
lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, 1st Vice President
District 8
Term Expires 2017
miguelsolis@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

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

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
Term Expires May 2016
nbingham@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
Term Expires 2018
edwinflores@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2017
mmorath@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche
District 3
Term Expires 2018
danmicciche@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
joyceforeman@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2018
benutall@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833