Subject:

Allen Gwinn

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    DISD Has Plans For Two Schools Left Behind. But What About the 29,349 Kids Also In Need?

    ​The Texas Education Agency released its federally mandated, No Child Left Behind-backed Adequate Yearly Progress report back in August, at which point it was revealed that the Dallas Independent School District missed the mark for the third consecutive year -- which interim superintendent Alan Ki ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Why, I've Got a Much Better Idea Than This Half-Baked Call for Rolling Back Dallas's Taxes

    Zazzle​You may or may not be familiar with Allen Gwinn -- the blogger-provocateur who keeps watch over the public school system and other matters. He has a new website going called taxrollback.org calling for a local version of the California legislation that has helped reduce that state to ruin - ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Dallas ISD Investigators Find Hostile Work Environment (And, Maybe, the Worst ... Boss ... Ever)

    Not Maria Silva -- but close. Very close, according to a DISD report.​Allen Gwinn over at www.dallas.org has posted a report from DISD's Office of Professional Responsibility about its investigation of Maria C. Silva, former manager of the district's Adult Basic Education Department. The typical j ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Looks Like Dallas Independent School District Needs a New Chief Technology Officer

    ​Patricia Viramontes has long been one of Dallas Independent School District's more controversial figures, dating back to at least September 2007, when district officials concluded that, yes, maybe the DISD's executive director of instructional technology services shouldn't be reporting to her hus ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    How Long Would It Take You to Notice a Missing $1.9 Million? Now Ask Dave Neumann.

    Allen Gwinn has the details over on Dallas.org, but the short version is: Ever since February, Dallas city council member Dave Neumann, along with wife Frances Malik Neumann, have been engaged in a legal battle with a former employee, Shannon DeMerse, they claim stole $1.9 million from Ivy Jane, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    What Summer Vacation?

    School's out for summer, but the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees has one hellacious evening ahead of it, beginning with a 5 p.m. public hearing at 3700 Ross Avenue concerning the proposed 2009-'10 school year budget. After that's done, it's down to big business, some of which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    School's Out: Kent Fischer Quits The News.

    First Dallas Independent School District watchdog Allen Gwinn suggests he's shuttin' 'er down -- come 2010, maybe, "then it's somebody else's problem" -- and now this: Kent Fischer, one of two education beat writers at The Dallas Morning News, just announced publicly the resignation he gave his boss ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    DISD's Making One Dell of a Deal

    Allen Gwinn's taken a sneak peek at the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees' briefing agenda for Thursday, and one item in particular struck him as ... well, interesting. Which is: Ratification of Authority to Execute Master Lease Agreement with Dell, Inc. for Sixty Months and Provi ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    That's All Carjacked Up, or: How the NorthPark Hoax Made the E-Rounds

    About half an hour ago, Allen Gwinn alerted us media types to this Dallas.org item concerning a hoax e-mail being sent 'round concerning the harmful hustle that wasn't: folks taping fliers to the back windows of cars at NorthPark Center, which they use to lure would-be victims from their vehicles. N ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Ex-DISD Official Ruben Bohuchot Gets 11 Years In Prison

    Ruben Bohuchot Allen Gwinn just texted me with today's news: Ruben Bohuchot, the former Dallas Independent School District associate superintendent for technology indicted last year and convicted in July for screwing the district out of millions, was just sentenced in federal court. Writes Allen, U. ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    DISD's Ghosts of Scandals Past

    If history tells us anything, the recent security crackdown at DISD signals doom for its superintendent.

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    September 19, 2008

    The DISD's Exigency Strategy

    And so it begins. Though the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees does not meet till 2 today, to declare a state of "state of financial exigency" so it can begin laying off teachers in the wake of its $64-million budget shortfall, already campuses have begun shedding teachers. Prog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    At DISD HQ, It Begins

    Schutze is at 3700 Ross Avenue, and he'll provide a wrap-up from the board meeting during which the trustees and superintendent Michael Hinojosa will likely declare a state of financial emergency following last week's $64-million budget shortfall revelation. That said, Allen Gwinn's very, very good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Spruce Goose: Or, How the DISD Will Try to Turn an "F" Into a "D"

    H. Grady Spruce High School, for now No doubt you're aware that some time after 5:30 today, the Dallas Independent School District Board will take up the issue of what to do with H. Grady Spruce High School, as the school on Old Seagoville Road is considered "academically unacceptable" and in desper ... More >>

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    February 18, 2008
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    December 11, 2007
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    December 6, 2007

    Murphy's Law

    Dallas Morning News reporter Kent Fischer has a story on the Metro front today revealing that the Dallas Independent School District (has been lying about fired credit card manager Sherri Brokaw. I wrote about her case in the paper version of Unfair Park in September, and I said she was being used a ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Scapegoat

    How Michael Hinojosa escaped blame in the DISD credit card scandal

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    How Much More Evidence Do You Need?

    After we posted Avi Adelman's much-commented-on short film yesterday, we got an e-mail from Allen Gwinn, who wanted to know whether we'd seen the video he posted to Dallas.org on Saturday. Not at the time, but we have now: It's a clip from some surveillance footage provided by a woman named "Cindy," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007

    If Nothing Else, DISD's New HR Director Has a Fascinating Story

    Kim Olson's the new DISD human resources boss, which may be the least interesting job on her résumé -- by far. The DISD board met last night in the Emmett J. Conrad High School auditorium, and our pal Allen Gwinn live-blogged the shindig -- because, look, that's how he rolls. Regardless, this mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Scout's Honor (or Not)

    As of this morning, 261 people have signed a petition begging the city not to allow Teen/Life Challenge of Dallas to set up camp next to the Girl Scouts' longtime home at Camp Whispering Cedars. According to Allen Gwinn, this week the city's Plan Commission is set to take up this week the request of ... More >>

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    June 12, 2007

    Gosh, Can't They Both Be Mayor?

    Um, is the answer "no," or is this a trick question? Some random mayoral musings this a.m... In the Houston Chronicle this morning, our old pal and colleague Tom Korosec blames all those "Ed Oakley is gay" articles on TIme magazine. He also discovers that Texas Eagle Forum's Cathie Adams and Interd ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Membership Has Privileges

    We're in the club, you're not. Pfffftt!

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    April 11, 2007

    Wherein Allen Gwinn Wonders if DISD Hasn't Just Wasted Another Million Dollars and a Whole Lot of Time

    The following comes from a July 31, 2006, story in The Dallas Morning News, shortly after the paper published a series of stories revealing that some Dallas Independent School District employees had used district-issued credit cards to run up more than $6 million in purchases that either violated di ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007

    Gary Griffith Has Friends. Allen Gwinn Probably Ain't Among 'Em.

    This was not paid for by the Friends of Gary Griffith. But it is a nice photo. Dallas city council member and mayoral candidate Gary Griffith has friends. Not surprising. Seems like a decent guy. Talked to him for a few pieces here and there, always called back promptly, always invited me over to th ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Fear-Mongering Amongst the Mayoral Candidates. And Don Hill Has a Economic Plan. Didn't Say it Was a Good One.

    Say "cheese." Actually, could ya stop? Yeah, that would be swell. A few mayoral-race notes this a.m.: First, in this morning's in-box was a missive from a Friend of Unfair Park instructing me to look at Allen Gwinn's Web site, specifically yesterday's item titled "Mayor Candidate Gary Griffith: Trut ... More >>

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    January 3, 2007

    Jerome Garza Has a Lot of Friends with Schools Named After Them, Apparently

    Trustees gone wild! Actually, the video of DISD Trustee Jerome Garza isn't all that exciting. But it sure is interesting. Exactly one month ago, The Dallas Morning News ran a piece about how the DISD finally decided how to divvy up the School District Formerly Known as Wilmer-Hutchins. Contained wit ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006

    Mr. Funny Guy Has All the Answers

    I see Mr. "Funny" Guy has posted City Manager Mary Suhm's memo concerning Allen Gwinn's city employee credit-card database from a few days back. Tremendous. She has answers for every questionable expense about which Allen and Unfair Park had questions. That's why she gets the big bucks. I hope the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2006

    Reviewing the Revue, Part One

    Kim Pendleton and Shibboleth did the Five Americans proud -- and then some -- Saturday night at the Sons of Hermann Hall. I intended to post today about Saturday night's Reunion Tower Revue, but Allen Gwinn's city employee credit-card database kinda stepped all over that. I'll have plenty to say tom ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006

    Those City Credit Cards Are a Bit of a Gamble

    Here are two more interesting tidbits from the Allen Gwinn database: two $500-plus charges at Walt Disney Resorts. One dates from April 5 of this year: $531.87, purchased by Terry Freeman, a senior office assistant in the City Auditor's Office. The info is pretty incomplete: It doesn't say for whom ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006

    Man from Atlantis

    I wish somebody would give me $2,000 to stay at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. Guess I'll have to go to work for the city. OK, so we're browsing Allen Gwinn's city of Dallas credit-card database, right? (You probably are too.) And, so, like, we're looking for what Allen calls "eyebrow-raising" ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006

    Who's in Charge at City Hall (Get It?)

    Ya know, every time we look at City Hall, we can't help but think how much it does look like a giant cash machine. Just got off the phone with Allen Gwinn, who's doing God's work (or at least ours) by digging deep into the city's wallet with his just-posted credit-card database. He says he's awfully ... More >>

  • News

    July 13, 2006

    Old School

    DISD trustee Ron Price does everything you expect from a politician. These days that's a problem.

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    July 3, 2006

    Give Gwinn Extra Credit on DISD Credit Card Scandal

    When we sat down over yesterday with The Dallas Morning News' mammoth front-page "exclusive" in which three reporters "found thousands of suspect purchases on district credit cards--and serious questions about whether anyone is watching how the tax dollars are spent," well, we thought two things to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2006

    Sheriff Bowles: Gone, But Not Forgetting

    Was Jim Bowles defending Lupe Valdez when he sent The Dallas Morning News a letter this weekend, or was he covering his own behind? On Friday, The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial regarding the poor job performance of Sheriff Lupe Valdez--or, as the paper version of Unfair Park put it in Matt Pu ... More >>

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    May 12, 2006
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    April 28, 2006

    The Price is Wrong

    According to local fact-checker and hellraiser Allen Gwinn, WFAA-Channel 8 will air a piece tonight at 1o that doesn't make Dallas school board trustee Ron Price too happy. It has to do with Price's May 2005 speech to the 245 graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, in which Price claims, among othe ... More >>

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    It Hits the Fan

    Plus: Doesntsuck.com; Whats in a Name

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    July 8, 2004

    Home Suh-weet Home

    Plus: Dispirited; Getting the Boot

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    February 5, 2004

    Incredible Scam!

    Sheriff Bowles, Terrell Bolton turn out to be same guy!

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    April 10, 2003

    Mary's Scarlet Letter

    Poss needs to pony up details on her ethics finding

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    January 18, 2001

    Buzz

    Sinner man

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