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Until Rick Perry Moves, Nothing Moves

HB5, eliminating much of the absurd testing touted by Belo Expectations, is sitting on Governor Rick Perry’s desk, awaiting his signature. Apparently the pressure brought by Bill McKenzie, Sandy Kress, Bill Hammond, and others has hit its mark. Word is, Perry may

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Will Trustees Sleep Through Another Budget Cycle?

With Dallas ISD trustees, it’s hard to tell. Flip a coin and heads up, they are just too lazy to dive into the budget and understand its repercussions on instruction. Tails, they don’t have the capacity to dive into the budget and

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If Rich Kids Don’t Need the STAAR Tests – Nobody Does

Bill McKenzie over at Belo Expectations has truly gone too far. According to one of his latest editorials, Bill McKenzie thinks it’s great that kids have STAAR exams they can fail so they can learn that they aren’t on grade

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Even Texas politicians have had enough of Sandy Kress by Jason Stanford

by JASON STANFORD Published on APRIL 5, 2013 If there’s one person in America who’s responsible for your child stressing about filling in the right little ovals with a No. 2 pencil, it’s Sandy Kress, the “key architect of No

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Scary Texas Moms by Jason Stanford

The Texas legislature is in session, which makes some of us miss the late Molly Ivins so badly it hurts. Ivins made a career out of mocking local politicians by quoting them and putting it in the paper. She would

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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."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
3700 Ross Avenue, Box 1
Dallas, TX 75204

Interim Superintendent Mike Hinojosa
Email coming soon

Lew Blackburn, 2nd Vice President
District 5
Term Expires May 2016
(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
(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan, President
District 7
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3721
North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham, Secretary
District 4
Term Expires May 2016
(972) 925-3722
Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Edwin Flores
District 1
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
Term Expired Dec 2015
(972) 925-3721
North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche
District 3
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3722
Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
Term Expires 2017
(972) 925-3722
Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
Term Expires 2018
(972) 925-3721
South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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