On Thursday, DISD Board to Discuss Proposal That'll Make It Easier to Create Charter Schools

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On Thursday morning, the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees will take its first long, hard look at a proposal to "streamline the process for implementing a charter school." It's the result of months of work by the board's Charter School Ad Hoc Committee, which was tasked with exploring the possibility of making it easier to convert some of the district's struggling campuses into charters following the April 2010 announcement that DISD was partnering with Uplift Education to establish a leadership academy intended to train new principals and teachers for West Dallas schools.

Per the intro to the board briefing, the Charter Ad Hoc Committee has "been discussing best practices pertaining to charter schools," which, of course, are public schools run by private groups outside the district's standard rules and regs -- like Gabe P. Allen, a longtime AVANCE-Dallas partnership and the only DISD charter at present. The committee's stated mission was to "explore nationally best practices for interactions between public and charter schools and to envision the schools of the future." And among the cities studied was Denver, where two charters were recently awarded $1.8 million following significant student gains.

Messages have been left with trustee Edwin Flores, who spearheaded the committee; Donna Micheaux, DISD's chief of schools; and Uplift's founder Rosemary Perlmeter. We've got plenty of time to review, since this is but the first reading at a board briefing, and it's not till Thursday. Till then, the current and proposed charter policies follow. From the "streamlined" version, this introduction:
A school shall become eligible for conversion into a Campus Charter, Program Charter, an Innovation School or a Cooperative Program Charter if it fails to meet state or federal man- dates for improvement or performance for three continuous years and without significant improvement in student achievement or as may be mandated by state or federal law. Significant improvement in student achievement is defined herein as an SEI in the top 25% or at least double the growth in student achievement of a school having a comparable grade configuration, size and demographics.
Much more after the jump. Current DISD Charter PolicyProposed Revision to DISD Charter Policy
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Save Disd
Save Disd

The Dallas school district school board can run itself. What makes them think they can partner with a charter school and being any better off unless it's for the money.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Meanwhile, let's wreck the magnets and the better performing neighborhood schools.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

DISD could save lots of our tax dollars if they would only listen to the voters and taxpayers!

DISD MUST STOP wasting our tax dollars on renovating schools that will be demolished. Like the newly renovated O.M. Roberts. Millions were spent to renovate the school now DISD wants to demolish it and spend another 22 million to reconstruct a new one. Why not finish the renovations instead of wasting more tax dollars. Bond monies will be used for this project, but if the citizens, voters and taxpayers had a choice they would revote to keep our teachers, revote for better education and revote for preservation.

And...in addition to the reckless demolition of the O. M. Roberts school DISD also seized homes residing behind the school only to destroy them to put in parking lots / playgrounds in-between the remaining homes. Does that make sense?

**NOTE DISD sent the residents letters in November informing them that their property was no longer needed, but DISD moves forward on spending millions to pave in a concrete wasteland in-between homes.

The contractors doing these renovations and building new schools are not suffering through any budget crisis.

Also, over 1,600 signatures were submitted to DISD for DISD to consider an alternate solution that IS available, but they refuse to consider it.

Learn more at www.StopDISD.org

Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Brendan McNally
Brendan McNally

I find it particularly amusing that the Logo they pick for "Uplift Education" is the same one used by a Neo-Nazi group during the early 1970s including the blue hand.

I wonder who they got to do their design work

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

1 - Proposed policy allows ANYONE to convert a public school into a charter school WITHOUT parent or teacher input!

2 - Could not find any mention of how much money the District Admin receives from the charter school's per pupil allocation. Must be a lot, since Hinojosa is pushing to convert as many schools as possible to charters, while refusing to reduce the size of the administration during our current fiscal crisis.

3 - How to solve NCLB: convert failing schools to charters, thereby removing their poor performance from the district reports!

4 - and how well did this idea work with the Edison schools? And where is that superintendent now?

Must be a lot of money in someone's pocket for this kind of a redirection of tax receipts!

RESULT:We have a DISD administration bigger than what exists today, to oversee the Overage High School, the Alternative High School, Booker T and Townview. Does that give us an Administrator-to-student ratio of 2-1?

trashtalk
trashtalk

Todd Williams wrote the "innovation" charter policy. How nice. When did anyone elect Todd? Or did he work through Bernadette, who is dumb as a rock?

Notice these charter schools won't be neighborhood schools. That way, Uplift can unload the students it doesn't want and they can return to their neighborhood schools. Notice all these teachers will be at-will employees who will be trucked in from Mississippi and who can be released as benchmark scores come in. Notice these students won't have transportation to school, so even though their parents may seem poor, they are willing to drive and sit in line to pick up their kids after Uplift's daily detention for missing the wrong sock or not doing homework and actually talking during the school day. All of these are major offenses and will result in the kid sitting in detention for an hour after school and being told to stare at the wall.

Bernadette likes Uplift? She needs to send her own kids to be indoctrinated into dress code and standardized test hell. She can take the numerous phone calls over such major offenses as the wrong shirt on the wrong day and the threats to pick her kids up in a 15 minute window or be fined. College preparation? Nope. A pain in the neck? yep.

So when will Hinjosa cut his pay since he is unable to provide a solution to failing schools othen than trying to dump the losers off or offering Uplift any school they want as long as he gets his cut?

Uplift will take a management fee on top of Hinojosa's cronies and his friends taking their cut. Nothing left for anything else? No problem. There is a surplus of teachers and Uplift will just keep sifting through TFA and Louisiana and Mississippi. Remember, any offense is a firing offense, so those teachers can work 14 hour days while they get certified.

Did anyone notice how teachers now have no voice in where charters locate or if their school becomes a charter? What about the teachers who live and pay taxes in Dallas?

If this is necessary, why continue to pay Dallas ISD's central administrators?

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Also, agree on the double payment.

Either pay Uplift to take over all DISD schools or pay Hinojosa's salary.

Not both.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

My favorite is when you see pictures of charter-school kids walking down the hall READING A BOOK.

Yeah, that's quality reading comprehension.

But it looks good, right? It "looks" rigorous.

Form over substance.

My cousin's children attended a charter in AZ until the IRS shut the place down for nonpayment of a whole bunch of taxes. Kids showed up to a "School is closed" sign one morning, sending hundreds of families scrambling.

Charters = another fad on the inevitable road to vouchers.

AnotherOne
AnotherOne

I have some students that read while they walk down the hall... they run into things.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

But, TEA also must approve these charters too, right? So how does that factor into this?

trashtalk
trashtalk

No. TEA doesn't have to approve any of these charters.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

That's right, they just give initial approval to the charter operators. Sheez, education is a bureaucratic nightmare.

TravisDad
TravisDad

http://www.dfpe.org/pdf/USDept...

The report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences under Contract No. ED-01-C0039/0010. The project officer is Marsha Silverberg in the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. NCEE 2010-4029, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, June 2010. Posted June 28, 2010

"The evaluation, which we conducted in 36 charter middle schools across 15 states, compares outcomes of students who applied and were admitted to these schools through randomized admissions lotteries (lottery winners) with the outcomes of students who also applied to these schools and participated in the lotteries but were not admitted (lottery losers). This analytic approach produces the most reliable impact estimates. But because the study could only include charter middle schools that held lotteries, the results do not necessarily apply to the full set of charter middle schools in the U.S.

Key findings from the evaluation include:On average, charter middle schools that hold lotteries are neither more nor less successful than traditional public schools in improving student achievement, behavior, and school progress.The impact of charter middle schools on student achievement varies significantly across schools.In our exploratory analysis, for example, we found that study charter schools serving more low income or low achieving students had statistically significant positive effects on math test scores, while charter schools serving more advantaged students - those with higher income and prior achievement - had significant negative effects on math test scores. "

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

-Charter schools = taxation without representation-Charter schools can kick kids out, so of course they seem to have "better" results even though just about every study shows they DO NOT educate the remaining kids better than regular public schools.-Charter school owners (like Uplift) see dollar signs--your dollars, that is

Any school free from DISD's Soviet-level of excellence could succeed.The problem is DISD management.

Now we're going to pay Todd Williams and his friends to run schools differently than all the other DISD schools ON TOP OF WHAT WE'RE PAYING HINOJOSA??

Why don't we get rid of Hinojosa and Micheaux and all their failure ilk?

We can't afford Todd and Hinojosa. We are not here to profit Uplift. If Uplift is better (it isn't), just apply Uplift principles to all DISD schools. There. Problem solved.

If my tax money goes to private operators, why can't families just have vouchers so the FAMILY can pick the private school? I know that won't benefit Todd, but that's not why millions of us go to work every day.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Because vouchers don't give management fees to two different, corrupt entities.

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