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Disruptive Change: Mike Miles Should Follow His Plan

A petition is being circulated by Stand for Children that calls for extending Superintendent Mike Miles’s contract. Reading through the comments on the Change.org petition, one constant thread emerges-the district needs stability to make progress in the schools. This from

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Mike Miles and the Promised Land: Bonds, Taxes, and Moolah

Later this month, the Dallas ISD board will meet to consider whether to extend Superintendent Mike Miles’ contract, giving him a raise, adding perks that allow him to spend more time working for his consulting business Focal Point and fully

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Principals in the Red

Now that the climate surveys are out, it’s clear that many schools have principals with problems. It’s interesting that Miles isn’t fond of coloring because the surveys are helpfully color-coded so that anyone can see the amount of red on

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Saddle Up! It’s Roundup Time in DISD!

“Status quo self-interests have filled the vacuum with silliness about how the home-rule charter is really about millionaires trying to take over our school system. “ That line comes from D blogger Eric Celeste. Eric, they are not trying to

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Personalized Learning-Your Guide to Dallas ISD’s Newest Initiative

It appears we have a new buzz word in the education deformer world, “Personalized Learning.” Note the Capital Letters, normally reserved for Very Important Statements and proprietary trade secrets. Will a copyright symbol be far behind? The latest Dallas ISD

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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:
3700 Ross Avenue, Box 1
Dallas, TX 75204

Superintendent Mike Miles
milesfm@dallasisd.org

Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
Term Expires 2016
lblackburn@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
Term Expires 2014
miguelsolis@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
Term Expires 2016
ecowan@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
Term Expires 2016
nbingham@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
Term Expires 2015
elizabethjones@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expires 2014
mmorath@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
Term Expires 2015
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 2015
benutall@dallasisd.org
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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