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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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TFA, Dallas ISD, Colonial Cronyism and the New Jim Crow

Within a two-week period The Dallas Morning News reported a 30-year old new hire for Chief Innovation Officer for Dallas public schools, at $165,000 per year, while two school janitors were put on administrative leave for purchasing hazmat gear to

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The Show Begins

Sources say the Support Our Public Schools group is within a few thousand signatures of their goal of forcing the creation of a commission to write a home rule charter for Dallas ISD. That’s not surprising, given the steady harassment

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I Took a Day Off from Teaching….

Editor’s note:   This guest essay was sent in to the blog by Diane Birdwell, a veteran high school teacher in DISD. I took a day off from teaching, my first “personal” day in 11 years.  I had appointments which would

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Dallas ISD vs. Highland Park ISD: A T-shirt Changes Everything

Louisa, Louisa, Louisa. If only the world were as simple as you depict in your sweet video. You give a child a magical T-shirt and POOF! He becomes educated and goes to college. Poverty, gangs, drug and alcohol addiction, broken

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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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Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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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
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(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2018
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(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