Kent Fischer

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Dallas ISD Trustee Flores's "Methodical" Proposal to Keep Best Teachers in District

    ​Twice in recent weeks I've heard Dallas ISD trustee Edwin Flores discuss his proposal to rework how the district determines who its "best teachers" are -- the first time, when we spoke two weeks ago about the district's offer to buy out full-timers, then again at his budget town hall last week at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    For the First Time, The Man Who Blew the Whistle in DISD E-Rate Scandal Talks

    Yacht ForumsIt ws Ruben Bohuchot's passion for Post Yachts, like the one seen here, that ultimately let to his downfall at DISD.​Danny Cain does not and never has worked for the Dallas Independent School District. He does not and never has worked for Hewlett Packard. And yet yesterday, two federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    School Board Trustee Carla Ranger Says DISD's Minimum Grade Policy Violates State Law

    DISD trustee Carla Ranger​Three years ago, or shortly before the Dallas Independent School District introduced its "effort-based" grading policy, the school board reminded teachers: They were not to give students a grade lower than a 50 for any one grading period. As the great Kent Fischer noted, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Some DISD Teachers Scared That Classroom Effectiveness Index Isn't All That Effective

    This morning, Dallas Independent School District board trustee Carla Ranger posted to her blog a letter from a district teacher who's terrified that the DISD's going to use the Classroom Effectiveness Index to clean house. This teacher must be among the some 700 who Tawnell Hobbs writes received let ... 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 >>

  • News

    November 27, 2008

    DISD: Hitting Bottom, Then Reaching for a Shovel to Dig Deeper

    Explanations be damned. There is only one justifiable response to the worst fiscal disaster in DISD history.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    DISD's Lone Ranger

    DISD school board trustee Carla Ranger Dallas Independent School District board trustee Carla Ranger can't understand why the district doesn't make superintendent Michael Hinojosa's contract available online. Because, see, the Texas Administrative Code says that really oughta be available to anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    News Publishes DISD's RIF List

    Brandon Thibodeaux Kent Fischer at The Dallas Morning News writes that late yesterday, he received "a copy of a document titled 'RIF worksheet' dated 10/14 at 8 a.m." The district, of course, was to begin its layoffs today, but pushed back the so-called reduction in workforce till tomorrow -- crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    DISD's Shell Game

    Dallas Independent School District board trustee Ron Price Kent Fischer has a very important story in today’s Dallas Morning News -- shoulda been on Page One -- revealing that the center has been blown out of the Dallas Independent School District’s whole strategy for recovering from its financi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    How DISD Can Buy Time, Goodwill

    Moments ago on The Dallas Morning News' DALLAS ISD Blog, Kent Fischer asked the question, "Can the district borrow to fill the budget hole?" He answered it, as well: Yes, as what's another million in interest, and just think of the goodwill it'll buy. Alas, "Trustee Garza told me yesterday that nobo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    CNN Grades DISD's Grading Policy

    After all the brouhaha over the Dallas Independent School District's revised grading policy, the kid's had plenty of honest-to-God homework since starring kindergarten earlier this month -- very surprising and very welcome. Nonetheless, CNN yesterday revisited the controversy. And this morning, Kent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2008
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    February 15, 2008

    We're So High on Videos Right Now

    A couple of videos for your eyes this a.m.: The R-rated red-banded trailer for the out-in-August Pineapple Express is online now -- and the stoner comedy-thriller gets a mention because it's directed by local-boy-done good David Gordon Green, whose other 2008 release, the more indie-fied Snow Angels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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


    How Michael Hinojosa escaped blame in the DISD credit card scandal

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2007

    Mong and Moroney to Staff: Yer Doin' a DMN Good Job

    Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach's highly critical Dallas Morning News review in the Columbia Journalism Review, first mentioned here Thursday, has prompted a response from the paper's Big Bosses, editor Bob Mong and publisher and chief executive officer Jim Moroney. Unfair Park was forwarded a mem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2007

    You Know, Bob Mong, You're Right

    Matt Pulle's not looking for a new gig, Mr. Mong, but he does want you to know what a fine job your paper's doing. You're welcome. I can’t believe I’m about to write this, but here goes: Jim Moroney and Bob Mong are right. The Dallas Morning News is doing a good job, and for Craig Flournoy and T ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Preston Hollow: Do the White Thing

    After ignoring the trial in which a mother of three Preston Hollow Elementary School alleged the principal there was segregating Hispanic and African-American students from the white neighborhood kids, The Dallas Morning News this weekend ran two stories about its outcome. On Thursday, U.S. District ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006
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    March 30, 2006