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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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Nancy Bingham, Two-Time Winner of the High School Closure Award

Got to give it to Trustee Nancy Bingham. Has any other trustee in the state of Texas been threatened by TEA with closure of two-thirds of the high schools in their district? We are sure of Nancy’s response to the

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Part II- Welcome to DISD, Texas Education Agency!

Author’s note: This is the 2nd part of a 2-part series. Previously covered topics were class size waivers, database errors, PDAS, and excessive testing. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now more than half-way through their site visit to the

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What We Didn’t Hear – Part 1

Dallas Police Chief David Brown recently fired a Dallas police officer over a shooting incident. Local news outlets interviewed Brown and then gave equal time to the Dallas police association’s president who defended the fired officer’s actions in media interviews.

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The Mommy Profession

When nurses got tired of being treated like someone’s momma –  always on call, never given professional respect and way underpaid, many women quit choosing nursing as their vocation. In response to the shortage of nurses, pay went up, but

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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
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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
email coming
(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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