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Miles, Marian Willard and an Athletics Scandal

In a bold and courageous move, Miles waited until the Friday that school got out to fire 15 people implicated in an athletics scandal that stretches back at least 2 years. My first question is this: Why did Miles wait

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Posted in Administrative Policies

Drama From the Mailbag: 286 and a Broad Alum’s Track Record

by Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D. Every so often I get notes in my email from folks that have “skin in the game.” I received an email from Jim Schutze, a self-described “investigative columnist” who was annoyed by a report that

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Posted in Giving Grades, Guest Posts

S.aving O.ur S.tudents: You’ve Got It All Wrong, Jim

When Jim Schutze writes his Dallas schools pro-Mike Miles articles, reminding us how he exposed the “separate but equal” desegregation system that a succession of black trustees have apparently used to keep Texas prisons full, I picture him banging madly

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Posted in Chicken on a Soapbox, Teachers Rule

Wanted: Dallas ISD Communications Expert

A DMN Education Blog item highlighted a recent Dallas ISD Request for Proposal (RFP) for public relations services for Dallas ISD. Matthew Haag questioned the wording of the RFP, noting that it seemed to steer the contract toward specific firms.

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Posted in Teachers Rule

Why The Chinese Are Right and Jim Schutze is Wrong

Jim Schutze warns me (and you too presumably) to Get Off My Lawn. We should take his warning seriously, as his personal space is so littered with that- which- one- does- not- want- to- step- in, that any trespassing would

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Posted in Teachers Rule
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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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(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

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District 8
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(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
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(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
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Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

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District 1
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(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
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District 3
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Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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Southwest Dallas

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District 9
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(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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