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Pointing Fingers

There’s probably a wiki-how page out there on it. Maybe it’s taught in Journalism 201. The reality is Dallas news media is engaging in a marathon session of POINT THE FINGER at Dallas ISD that puts Wendy Davis’s Texas Senate

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Words of Wisdom

The Dallas Morning News reports this morning that DISD Chief of Staff Jerome Oberlton has resigned. Oberlton came to the district in January from Baltimore and this blog welcomed him to Dallas. Trustee Lew Blackburn commented for the DMN, “We

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Tuck It In

The Dallas ISD Board today engaged in a discussion on whether the district should continue to require students to tuck in their shirts. There was much laughter and whispered discussion. Trustee Blackburn explained that ‘healthy’ children sometimes find it difficult to keep

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Don’t You Love the Smell of School Board Campaigns in the Morning? is a web site that touts, well, reading. It lists the books for DISD’s reading program and features a number of “famous” folks (“readers are leaders”) in a photo gallery including hizzoner the mayor Mike Rawlings, DISD Board President Lew Blackburn,

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Up Close and Personal with the Underside of a Bus

Imagine for a moment that you are Jennifer Sprague. You are not yet 35 years old. You have uprooted your family and moved to a new state. You have followed the only boss you have known for many years. Your

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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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