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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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A Dallas ISD Trustee’s Guide to Superintendent Training

There’s a classic Gary Larson cartoon that has a dog owner sternly admonishing his dog to “stay out of the garbage!” or else. The dog, listening intently, hears “blah, blah, blah.” Dallas ISD trustees should tape this cartoon to their

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Mike Miles and the Looming Disaster in the Dallas ISD

In recent days, the supporters of Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles have been circling the wagons. They have called in all of their favors: reporters have written glowing articles about Miles, editorials have been published scolding the public and telling

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The Dallas ISD Policy Pendulum

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Superintendent Miles was feeling “shackled” by previous administrations and an overabundance of policies. DMN reporter Tawnell Hobbs gave as an example the policy dictating a set number of grades for each semester and Miles’

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An A+ for Mike Miles?

So far, what sort of grade does Mike Miles deserve as the latest in a long (and mostly disrespected) string of DISD superintendents (and temporary Dallas residents)? Hmm. That’s sort of a stumper because it really all depends on his

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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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Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

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District 7
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District 4
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District 2
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District 6
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District 9
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