DISD Trustee Ranger Wants Hinojosa Out Now

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Photo by Todd Overman/Courtesy Dallas Independent School District
District 6 trustee Carla Ranger and the state-champion Kimball High School basketball team back in March
Left a few messages for Dallas Independent School District board trustee Carla Ranger yesterday, but never heard back. No matter -- she's always got her blog. And there, this morning, she has posted a rather straight-forward item headlined "Trustees should remove Superintendent Hinojosa immediately for bad faith." Because Ranger, like many of her fellow trustees (and teachers and principals and parents), cannot believe that just eight months after he said he'd never, ever, cross-my-heart, pinkie-swear leave, Michael Hinojosa's leaving for Georgia at the end of June, the week after next school year's busted budget is approved by the board.

Says Ranger: Screw him, because he just screwed us. Actually, here is what she writes, in its entirety:
One year later and Dallas ISD still has no succession plan.

This has been one of the most difficult periods in the history of Dallas ISD. Time and time again, it has been perfectly clear that the district was not being served well at the highest level.

Now we return to the same place again.

A special called board meeting should be scheduled for early next week. I will make that request. I hope other Trustees will do the same.

Superintendent Hinojosa has again acted in bad faith. The same bad faith was shown last year.
The damage done to our district and its students has been defended, overlooked and enabled. The best interests of the students, parents and taxpayers of Dallas ISD have not been served.

Trustees should meet in executive session and remove Superintendent Hinojosa immediately for his continuing bad faith -- before even more damage is done.

There is no indispensable Superintendent. The staff can carry on -- maybe better than now without the fear of a departing Superintendent.

The district can be run by a temporary Administrative Council of 3-5 senior staff members or whatever the Board determines.

The thrill is gone and so should the Superintendent be gone immediately.


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Rosoco54
Rosoco54

Carla Ranger has the right idea. Hinojosa said that he wanted to stay in Dallas (after he lost out in Las Vegas). Now, not even a year later, he is leaving. Do we really want him making decisions which will impact a district that he has been trying to leave? He needs to be relieved of all responsibilities immediately!

rain39
rain39

I wasn't in  love with Super H. either but frankly, I would have taken the job in Georgia too!  The legislature has gutted the school budget forcing DISD to in turn gut our greatest schools who are nationally recognized.  More cuts are coming as the lege is balancing the budget on the backs of school children and teachers all over the state.  I wouldn't even work in DISD in the next year or two because with experienced teachers gone, security cut way back and increased class size, teachers are going to really suffer as are the students, many of whom really want to get a good solid education.

 I was in a doctoral program with quite a few teachers from DISD.  The stories they told me about their work environments were just so shocking and sad.  I'm surprised anyone does in the middle and high schools, except the excellent magnet schools...except they have been decimated too. 

Where are all the moderates in this state?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I love me some Carla, but this is pointless and spiteful.  He's gonna be gone soon enough, concentrate on the succession. 

Jrmiller
Jrmiller

hey its a dog eat dog world out there and Hinojosa' wearin Milkbone panties...

Yeah That Guy!
Yeah That Guy!

Hinojosa was my personal mentor. Signed, Professional Con Man 

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Should have been done when he vied for the Las Vegas job.   Like closing the barn door after the horses have left. 

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It's pathetic that the Hinojosa's public pension plan is so incredibly lucrative that it basically pays him (and others similarly situated in the State of Texas) to take another job out of state at lower pay after five years and end up with even more cash.

I can't believe the so-called conservative Texas government administration permits such a brazen scam to continue to exist; any CEO in the private sector who authorized such a pension plan would have shareholders screaming for his head.

And, yes, by the way, this disingenuous character should be should the door forthwith; he played the Board, the "Dallas" Citizens Council, and the Dallas Regional Chamber for complete fools (but then again, each of the previously mentioned bodies has a tendency to play the role of fool on a regular basis).

Dave_little
Dave_little

 What a great example he sets for our kids. Your word means nothing, don't bother finishing what you started and always follow the money.

rumpunch
rumpunch

Although I not sure that this would be considered bad faith, I do believe that he should leave right now.  We cannot have a leader with no skin in the game deciding the 2011-2012 budget.  Hinojosa will receive 70% of his current salary for life from the TRS plus the Cobb County salary.  I do not blame him for taking the position.

Those of you who know me know that I do not like Hinojosa, however my call to have him leave is not based on that hatred.  He cannot be involved in a budget process he will not have to live with.   

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

 Its moments like these that I really like Carla Ranger, she doesn't take crap from anyone..

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I am with you Mrs. Ranger. He should go now. 

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

She should not be a "Lone Ranger" on this call. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Unfortunately, no matter how much money the lege throws at school districts, almost none of it trickles down to kids and teachers.

It all gets spent on superintendents, their cronies, consultants, and travel.

The lege is done feeding these greedy administrative pigs.   

alfredo
alfredo

Who was the last DISD superintendent that was any good? 

james
james

 what's left of teacher retirements that the legislature cuts every year is not the problem.   the problem is overpaid users/takers like hiney in the first place.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Don't you all think its sad that Hino had to compromise his integrity and break his promise because his paltry salary just wasn't enough to support two kids at Ivy League colleges.  I guess $340K a year just doesn't go as far as it used to.   Maybe he can do some public service announcements about the cuts to the Pell Grant program talking about how difficult it is to send your children to college when you are in the upper 2% of wage earners.  

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

"I can't believe the so-called conservative Texas government administration permits such a brazen scam to continue to exist"

At first I was going to say that conservatives have a deep schoolgirl crush on anyone making as much  as Hinojosa does, and that would certainly explain it. Nothing can be permitted to stand in the way of an upper income guy and even more income. But then I remembered he's Hispanic. And now I don't know what to think. How do conservatives resolve a thorny problem that involves both wealth worship and the fear and disdain of the Mexican? Right now it would appear that wealth worship wins the day, but I can't help but think a lot of conservatives are feeling a little queasy about this one.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Thirty years in Texas education. Carries over from district to district within the state. 

Guest
Guest

I agree, except for the part about the CEOs of private companies.  True, no CEO would authorize such a pention for mere employees, but most CEO's have much more lucrative retirement plans for themselves.   

Ardy
Ardy

That's actually a pretty real life lesson.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

So, what you think is the bucks should always win out over integrity? 

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

 Must be so hard for her to take a stand when Georgia is waving money in Hino's face and he has all but announced he is out the door.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

We need to figure out a way to stop the overpayment.I'm for a salary cap of $100K for everyone but the money guy and the superintendent. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

 She can't fire him on her own. Ranger has consistently stuck her neck out on DISD trustee matters.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Actually, shes been on his ass for quite awhile. He's been a cancer on the district and he's finally being removed..

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

 No, can his ass now instead of letting him stick around until June 30th.  Carla is correct, he should be removed next week.  Let the door hit him in the ass.

alfredo
alfredo

Glad to see him go, it just seems the DISD has had a series of superintendents that left alot to be desired, but when less than 10% vote in school board elections it certainly seems the citizens don't care even though school taxes are high and the results aren't all that great. 

For the record my youngest child graduated from the DISD in 05.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Many old-school teachers would agree with you.They loved Linus Wright.Whenever I ask them who the best super was, they all say Linus. 

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Seems to me he's breached his contract with DISD, it is time to vote him off the island.

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