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DISD Pays Teachers to Sit and Watch; No Bond Needed

A new school year is starting! Welcome back to all teachers and staff! And although we’ve managed to get rid of one huge scourge plaguing the children of DISD, we have a few remaining issues to tackle. Let’s get started!

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DISD’s Budget: The Real Fireworks Are About to Begin

With Miles finally gone and the 4th of July holiday over, it’s time for the real fireworks to begin. There can be no more denial or delay regarding the 2015-2016 budget for Dallas ISD; it’s time to get down to

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For the Kids in DISD: Financial Transparency, Neighborhood Schools and Principal Accountability NOW

From the moment Miles forced teachers to give up prep time to attend his literal song-and-dance convocation, I (and about 9,000 other teachers) knew we were in trouble. We were right. Taking teacher prep time was a very, very bad

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Trustees: Are These PL High School Numbers Accurate?

There are still moral, honest, ethical people working in DISD’s central offices. In fact, many of the people working in those offices are as horrified by what they see going on with the business side of things as teachers are

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Camelot and Dallas ISD’s Dirty Laundry

Dallas has scrubbed (and scraped) in preparation for today’s observance of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. We’ve picked up the litter and hosed down the streets, dressed up our dignitaries and, no doubt, hidden the

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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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Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
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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

Miguel Solis, 1st Vice President
District 8
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Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan, President
District 7
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North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
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

Mike Morath
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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Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
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South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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