So How Does the Business Community Feel About Hinojosa's Likely Departure For Georgia?

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Dallas Regional Chamber President and CEO Jim Oberwetter
Down below, Dallas Independent School District trustee Bruce Parrott says he wants to know "how does the business community feel" about Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's more-than-likely departure for the top job in Cobb County, Georgia. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution is now reporting that "Dallas school chief Michael Hinojosa is reportedly going to be named the finalist for Cobb superintendent, according to people with knowledge of the search who do not want to be identified because of the confidential nature of the proceedings.") Fair question, especially since the Dallas Regional Chamber's higher-ups have made several trips to 3700 Ross Avenue in recent months to pitch their education initiatives -- specifically, the goals mentioned within its Blueprint for Economic Prosperity.

Contained within that doc is a section titled "Drive Improvements in Public Education," which has several goals, among them:
  • Improve the Dallas ISD high school graduation rate from the current 67% to 80% by 2015.
  • Increase the percentage of Dallas region residents who hold advanced degrees from the current 10% to 15% by 2015.
  • Set detailed goals and targets, aligned with statewide assessment, to improve the percentage of Dallas ISD students who are college and career ready.
And, as we noted only last week, the Dallas Regional Chamber has spent money flying the super and other trustees to Denver, Houston and Los Angeles to study their charter schools in the hopes of importing some of those ideas to Dallas. The chamber refers to this as its "best practices tour."

So I called the chamber for a comment, and moments ago I received a call from Jim Oberwetter, president of the Dallas Regional Chamber and former the former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabi. He read to me the following statement:
Over the past five months, we have worked very closely with Michael Hinojosa as we have traveled to and studied other districts and education programs that have made a significant difference in student achievement. The Dallas ISD has made progress during his tenure. To support our economic development efforts, we recognize education is a key priority. Given recent studies that prove our graduation rates do not meet the needs of our growing workforce, we now need to step up efforts to ensure more students gradate college and workforce ready.
I asked if he was disappointed in the super's decision in light of the five-year contract extension, which Parrott said the business community had pushed for last year. "That is what we can say today," he said, referring to the statement above.
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StayingPut
StayingPut

Hello? It's the teachers, the students, and the parents that have done what made the difference. We're still here, so the improvements you've seen will continue even as they search for the next Dallas Achieves flunkie.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

 Sherman burned down half the state, hasn't it suffered enough?

Preston Holler
Preston Holler

Hinojosa's gonna crap on the half that Sherman missed 

Montemalone
Montemalone

"...the Dallas Regional Chamber has spent money flying the super and other trustees to Denver, Houston and Los Angeles to study their charter schools in the hopes of importing some of those ideas to Dallas."

Why, in this era of telephones, internet, and video-conferencing, is it necessary to jet an entourage around the country to "study" how to make education work? Wasn't this guy hired because of some sort of qualification to do that? DISD Teacher is right. We should just bulldoze 3700 Ross and plant a community garden for all the good those asshats do.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 The same idiotic reasons we fly council members to Spain and who the hell knows where else?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Why would Cobb County, GA want Hiney? 

They are only 11% Hispanic.  56% Anglo.  30% African American. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

My guess would be because he has shown his willingness to do the bidding of the Dallas Citizens Cartel.

Cobb County's Cartel probably wants someone who will expedite the transfer of tax money intended for kids to builders, developers, and vendors.

 

WalkableDFW
WalkableDFW

 I assume this is Cobb County which is a populated and wealthy area...and they're paying 100K less than DISD?!  Says a good bit about both, methinks.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

The Chamber, probably the same types who are in favor of bridges and a city-owned hotel, need to STOP DOING BUSINESS AS USUAL.

They need to visit schools, gather a team of teachers, AND PLAN FROM THE BOTTOM UP.

Top-down does not work with school districts.How many more decades of Soviet-style central-planning failures do we need in education?

Teachers will show them how to turn this district around.Not the lazy nepotism hires or the race-based hires or the crony hires, but the many outstanding DISD teachers WHO WORK WITH KIDS EVERY DAY.

Free us from the suffocating, ineffective policies and "ideas" coming from administrators like Hinojosa and Durant and watch us set these kids free. 

Didn't a school board member say the Chamber and Dallas Citizens Cartel pressured them to extend Hinojosa's contract?  In spite of the endless stream of failures and scandals and misspending?

Memo to Oberwetter:  You have no idea what you're doing.  Look at what you all have done so far.  It isn't working. 

And be very wary of the education profiteers who come selling magic bullets, be they TFA, charter schools, on-line learning, or whomever else.

WalkableDFW
WalkableDFW

Seriously.  Let teachers do their job.  Let them be creative in their own right, in figuring out how to best teach appropriate and customized to each individual, each class, as is needed. Less thumbs on them.  Let them stray from the curriculum if it gets results.  Less teaching to the test. 

WalkableDFW
WalkableDFW

Of course, and I have to steer a bit, but in a more walkable city, with complete neighborhoods with schools as integral parts of those neighborhoods we could save on busing, have less centralized schools with huge, impersonal classrooms, and their could be more direct teacher to student interaction.

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