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The Shadow Magnets and the Promise of Home Rule

The Support Our Public Schools group has identified parental flight from substandard schools as a reason to support the effort to declare Dallas ISD a “home rule” district. They claim this flight is “particularly within middle-class Anglo and African-American communities.”

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It Depends What the Meaning of the Word “Is” Is…..

Many people well remember these infamous words uttered by then-President Bill Clinton during his 1998 grand jury testimony on the Monica Lewinsky affair. It seemed astounding that the President would be seeking a definition of the word “is” and exactly

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The Hypocrisy of the So-Called Education Reformers

Michelle Rhee, the infamous edu-reformer who stormed through the halls of DC schools while belittling and firing teachers at will, is such a believer in TFA, charters and public schools in general that she sends her daughter to a pricey

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Dallas ISD Magnet Applicants Express Concern

Magnet applicants on a recent campus tour received an extra bit of information they certainly did not expect to hear: tips on how to cheat the residency requirements. As part of the magnet application, students must provide a report card,

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Move On Down the Road

In what should have been a breaking news story, a Dallas Advanced Placement teacher increased his AP pass rate 20x by simply…moving on down the road to a magnet school. That was it. He didn’t grow another head or steal

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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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Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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District 5
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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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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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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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South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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