What happens when you mix a reforming (and hard-headed) superintendent, a pissed-off trustee and a South Dallas middle school on the brink? Chaos.
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 >>
In Dallas ISD, a fight over principals, race and a slice of the pie.
In a key win for the district's embattled administration, Dallas Independent School District trustees voted tonight to fire two principals and as many as 400 teachers, over the often heated objections of employees and activists. It was the culmination of months of debate and protests over Superinte ... More >>
Working on a big story about school reform these days. (Note to editor: definitely see completion this year, possibly early next. Best way you can help -- make sure I keep up my darned morale.) Speaking of morale, I wanted to go ahead and share a bit of the reporting with you in advance of the stor ... More >>
Up to 50 Dallas ISD schools could have a changing of the guard next year, as principals announce their resignation or retirement. Superintendent Mike Miles has placed heavy emphasis on principal reform, including replacing those who underperform. But around a dozen principals are not going quietly ... 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 >>
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 >>
In two days, DISD school board trustee elections will be upon us, and we of Unfair Park are way more stoked than we have any right to be. Obviously, we're particularly excited about the District 9 race between the incumbent Bernadette Nutall and her 20-year-old challenger, Damarcus Offord. You can ... More >>
Led by a little-known minister, protesters rallied to run a Korean store owner out of business. Then they learned a little more about that minister.
Alternative elementary schools used for discipline are a "pipeline to prison" and a drain on Dallas Independent School District's budget that should be closed, a group of DISD parents and activists said today. Alternative school opponents waded across the unkempt lawn at NW Harllee Elementary schoo ... More >>
As promised, Korean and black leaders met today in Oak Cliff to announce the end of the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop protests on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Rev. Ronald Wright addressed the media first, standing next to Korean Society of Dallas vice president Ted Kim. The two were flanked by bla ... More >>
Via.Juanita WallaceAh, so this is why Dallas Independent School District board president Lew Blackburn and trustee Bernadette Nutall want to clamp down on public speakers at school board meetings -- comments made by Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace at the October 20 board meeting. Specifica ... More >>
Speaking of flow control ...On the other side you'll find a letter that Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas branch of the NAACP, sent to Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 chief Al Armendariz in which she decries the city's proposal that would force all solid-waste collectors to dump t ... More >>
Billy Earl Dade Middle School is one of the schools where construction has been halted.Front page of the morning's paper has a pay-walled story about the Dallas Independent School District's decision to "quietly" halt construction on a handful of schools due to receive '08-bond money redos -- qui ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsRaymond Crawford unfurls a 21-foot scroll of signatures from folks concerned with gas drilling in Dallas during this morning's press conference..It's The Big Day today for gas drilling activists here at City Hall, and as Robert mentioned yesterday, the environmentalist se ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsAs Patrick mentioned yesterday, the city council will at long last debate that gas-drilling task force Angela Hunt pitched only after Dave Neumann promised but failed to deliver his own proposal. In advance of The Big Day, several groups -- Downwinders at Risk, Dallas Area ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsAt least 200 cabbies marched around the reflecting pool at City Hall this morning to kick off another strike over preferential treatment for CNG-powered cabs.While that box of files might've stolen their thunder this morning, at least 200 sign-toting cabbies were back at Dal ... More >>
Edwin FloresThis'll most likely be our one and only item about the race for the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees -- because, judging by the early-voting numbers, well, not too many folks seem to be all that interested. Take the hotly contested District 1 race, for instance: In ... More >>
Whilst doing some research for something that may not lead to anything, I've been reading Walter J. E. Schiebel's Education in Dallas: Ninety-two years of History 1874-1966, published by the Dallas Independent School District. So this isn't entirely an exercise in futility, I thought I'd share so ... More >>
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