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The Odd Couple Saves DISD

In a modern version of The Odd Couple, ex-trustees Jack Lowe and Edwin Flores collaborated on an opinion piece which gives their version of what will save DISD. Balance the school year: Move the start of school from its current

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Dallas ISD and Their Castle in the Sky

The downtown building Dallas ISD has proposed buying to house administration has 354,000 square feet of office space. Twenty stories of glass and 30 year old glitz. Now picture six of these twenty story buildings side by side. That’s how

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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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One Ranger, One Riot

Back in the folklore of the Old West law enforcement is the story of the time the Texas Rangers were called to Dallas to stop an illegal heavyweight prize fight in 1896– canonized in Texas history as only one Ranger

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Just a Small Reality Check for DISD

Superintendent Miles is probably spending his evenings laughing. After creating drama after drama, Miles now has the full force of Dallas media focused exclusively on him. The man is in high cotton, as we say here in Texas. His life couldn’t

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(1) DISD Fall 2013 Climate Survey (223 page, 4.5 Mb PDF)

(2) Public Education Grant (PEG) List of 57 Failing DISD Schools

(3) View school master schedules. Fall 2013. Sort by teacher, class, grade, etc.

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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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