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Dallas ISD Expects It to Take Till 2014 to Come Up With a Solid Way to Evaluate Teachers

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Back in March we took a look at Dallas Independent School District trustee Edwin Flores's proposal for evaluating the district's best teachers -- an imperative, he said at the time, given the layoffs and buyouts taking place due to the state's budget shortfall. Turns out, that was bit the tip of the evaluatin' iceberg: At their board briefing on Thursday, the trustees will be led through a PowerPoint that follows on the other side in which the human resources department lays out a three-year plan to reshape the way teachers are graded.

What you'll find on the other side is a sketch that'll be filled in Thursday. But as you can see, the district isn't sprinting toward a resolution. Instead, it's a five-part plan involving three committees and dozens of committee members, from Central Office higher-ups to trustees (Flores and Nancy Bingham) to principals to teachers' union reps to businessfolk. The doc says more than 50 interviews with shareholders (including "central office, teacher organizations, senior executive directors, principals and assistant principals," but not parents?) have been conducted in advance of the first committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, but that's just the beginning of the beginning of the marathon process that's supposed to conclude in the fall of '14. Aw, just jump.

And to make it really worth your while, I've included a video I posted earlier in the comments, starring none other than former DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa at his new gig in Georgia. Because, speaking of: I see Coach is still on the DISD's board agenda for next week. The district needs to reimburse him $3,561 for hotel, airfare, dining and other expenses he racked up between April and his adios. Why, how generous.

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