This week, Dallas ISD's Ross Avenue headquarters was hit with a flurry of teacher resignations, with 279 rank-and-file educators telling the district they were calling it quits. This minor exodus had nothing to do with teachers' well-known frustration with Superintendent Mike Miles. This was policy. ... More >>
It seems like only yesterday that erstwhile DISD communications chief Jennifer Sprague blew into town alongside new superintendent Mike Miles. With a $185,000 a year salary, the 31-year-old Sprague's name quickly became a synonym for "overpaid and under-qualified," and after about six less-than-spec ... More >>
Several things emerged from the internal Dallas ISD audit the Morning News got its hands on earlier this week. One was that Superintendent Mike Miles didn't hesitate to bend or break established protocol when he was assembling his leadership team. Another was that DISD really didn't want the report ... More >>
A bizarre and still murky series of events ended yesterday when longtime DISD administrator Shirley Ison-Newsome officially stepped aside, just four days after she announced, then promptly rescinded, her resignation in favor of retirement.
Ison-Newsome has been a powerful, polarizing figure during ... More >>
With the school year underway and Mike Miles' graphically detailed list of all the ways that DISD fails, it's been easy to forget about communication chief Jennifer Sprague's short resume, outlandish salary, and her cringe-worthy performance at her first board meeting this summer.
But lest you forg ... More >>
The Dallas Independent School District has been wrestling with how best to evaluate its teachers for going on forever. In August of 2011, the district unveiled a plan to develop an evaluation system, a lengthy, three-committee process that would take until 2014 to implement. That's right: just creat ... More >>
Note: Jump to the :35 mark for the dancing.
First, a question: why do people in leadership positions in Dallas feel its a good idea to dance in public? Because it's not. You would think they would have learned that after this video, which was apparently so embarrassing it was pulled from You ... More >>
By most measures, LG Pinkston High School is failing. The school, which neighbors Fish Trap Lake in a poor area of West Dallas, has higher dropout rates, lower graduation rates, and lower test scores than the rest of Dallas ISD. It is considered academically unacceptable by the state and has been fo ... More >>
Teach for America, the elite student-teacher pipeline founded by Highland Parker Wendy Kopp, is often tossed into the bucket with the rest of the tools in the reform movement's toolbox, from charter schools to performance-based pay and the like. For that, and for its place outside the labor movement ... More >>
Wow. I wonder how many other ancient mariners of the Dallas public school situation put down their daily newspapers this morning, nodded as I did, and thought to themselves, "So they're messing with Ison-Newsome."
That's serious. It could mean somebody's smart. Or stupid. I'm leaning toward somebod ... 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 >>