Last week Dallas school board member Dan Micciche had an op-ed essay in The Dallas Morning News urging people to push their City Council members and the mayor about the chronic under-funding of public libraries in the city. The numbers he cited for the city's support of libraries were abysmal -- the ... More >>
Dallas ISD's Board of Trustees argued into the early morning hours before approving a $1.2 billion budget for the coming year. It includes a two-percent raise for almost all employees, as well as funding for Superintendent Mike Miles' year-old principal training academy, which some trustees wanted t ... More >>
Look, life is not football. It's more important. I do get that. But, sorry. At a certain point in last night's Dallas ISD board meeting, a big scoreboard flashed in my mind. MIKE MILES, 7. JOHN WILEY PRICE, 0. Very, very superficial of me, I know. But, hey, I am not the one who set it up this way. ... More >>
Dallas ISD trustees still haven't decided what to do about the roster of principals whose jobs could be on the chopping block. The matter has now been delayed twice, thus sparing trustees from making an extremely controversial decision until after this weekend's election. At their meeting Thursday, ... More >>
Everybody in school politics always says it's all about the children. That's almost never true. If you don't believe me, you should have been there last night. At a spirited, sometimes cantankerous meeting in the auditorium of James Madison High School in South Dallas, prominent black elected offic ... More >>
Are Dallas ISD trustees already preparing to protect the principals Mike Miles wants to fire?
Way back in January, over the objections of just about everyone affected, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees tacked a mandatory 45 minutes onto every teacher's workday. How the teachers used the time would be up to principals. Not surprisingly, the decision sparked considerable resentment among teach ... More >>
Rich, white, North Dallas businessmen are plotting to take over Dallas' schools. Maybe this time it'll work.
The Dallas Independent School District elections were held last weekend, and as we maybe should have known all along, Elizabeth Jones, Dan Micciche and Bernadette Nutall -- the candidates with tens of thousands of PAC dollars and personal endorsements from the Citizen -- blew out their competition. ... More >>
Oh. Right. That. After all the candidate forums and the radio debates and the mayor-izen endorsements, it turned out that the roughly 117 people who care about the politics of Dallas Independent School District were just extras in the occasional stage play put on by the North Dallas elite, who thi ... More >>
Citizen Mike Rawlings has put his Mayor cape back on and will host local, federal, state and Dallas ISD officials at a news conference Friday morning. The event, at 9:30 a.m. at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, is geared toward providing new strategies for Dallas ISD to "increase regional coo ... More >>
Damarcus Offord, the 20-year-old Dallas Independent School District trustee candidate, struck back at Mayor Mike Rawlings today, and in the course of one short document managed to heed his supporters' call for a feisty outsider and confirm his detractors' suspicion that he just doesn't know what he' ... More >>
Much has been made of Mayor Mike Rawlings' foray into Dallas Independent School District politics in recent months. Depending on who's talking, his involvement is either the leadership and commitment this city needs to save its schools; another sign of the business community's hostile takeover of th ... More >>