Dallas ISD's teachers are feeling beaten down, their union rep told me this morning: "Physically, emotionally and financially." The latest blow, she said: no longer getting paid for time they spend at after-school conferences with parents.
The News' Matthew Haag had the story last night: DISD teach ... 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 >>
Last week, Superintendent Mike Miles proposed giving teachers $750 in incentive pay for the coming school year. "Last year, we asked the teachers for a lot," Miles said, per the Morning News. "We asked the teachers to extend the number of minutes that they are teaching, and to increase the number of ... More >>
With a lingering budget crisis and shrinking enrollment, the Dallas Independent School District has eliminated hundreds of teaching jobs in recent years, and this year will be no different. But in a sharp departure from years past, the district is preparing to part ways with hundreds more teachers f ... More >>
Had a couple of readers ask late yesterday: Why no mention of tomorrow's maybe-could-be-probably-not Dallas ISD teacher "sickout," which a single anonymous teacher's calling for? To which I responded: Well, I'm not sure it's going to be much of one, despite lingering resentment over last month's ... More >>
You know the cell phones must have been burning all weekend when the first city council committee briefing of the week at City Hall on Monday morning starts off with a rebuttal.
Wait, rebuttal already? While those of us out here in the peanut gallery are still wiping the weekend from our eyes, co ... More >>
But a few hours ago, Rena Honea, president of AFT-Alliance, held a press conference and posted this petition demanding the Dallas Independent School District reinstate fourth-grade Central Elementary bilingual teacher Joseph Drake, who was put on leave late last week after he sent trustee Edwin F ... More >>
In the ever-lasting debate over whether and how and how well our teachers are living up to their charge -- that charge, of course, being simply to save their country from a slow, seamless descent into collective idiocy -- a lot of buzzwords get buzzed: evaluations, testing, metrics, merit pay, longe ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanRena HoneaUndaunted by last night's cold drizzle, around 30 Dallas ISD teachers, custodial workers and other support employees held a quiet march and candlelight vigil outside 3700 Ross Avenue. The reason? DISD's budget-cutting plan to outsource custodial services and HVAC ... More >>
As the education policy call-to-arms doc Waiting for Superman has been released across the country, educators and would-be reformers everywhere have been doing the thing you do when a Davis Guggenheim documentary (or a Mel Gibson film in the original Aramaic) comes out: special screenings and pos ... More >>
Courtesy Todd Overman/Dallas Independent School DistrictJade Esquivel, a North Dallas High School teacher and 7-year DISD vet, with Laura Bush following her announcement this morningBy now, perhaps, you've heard: Laura Bush was at North Dallas High School this morning to debut the George W. Bush ... More >>
DISD Superintendent Michael HinojosaSuperintendent Michael Hinojosa drew a roomful of huzzahs two weeks ago when he announced that DISD was getting involved in a new effort for school reform in West Dallas. A handful of DISD trustees were among the cheering crowd, including Lew Blackburn and boar ... More >>