Coalition Pushes For Nolan Estes's (Temporary) Return as Dallas ISD Superintendent

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Nolan Estes
As Patrick noted Tuesday, the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees has narrowed down its short list of interim superintendents and hopes to name Michael Hinojosa's temporary replacement by no later than Monday. And while newly installed board president Lew Blackburn won't say who's on that list of four or five candidates, it would appear one familiar name may be under consideration: former DISD superintendent Nolan Estes, who came to Dallas from D.C. in '68 and left a decade later to teach at the University of Texas at Austin.

On her blog last night, Carla Ranger posted a letter to the board signed by two dozen educators, religious leaders, activists and other familiar faces -- among them Zan Holmes, John Fullinwider, Frederick Haynes III, Diane Ragsdale and Beverly Mitchell-Brooks -- urging the trustees to appoint Estes. The letter, sent yesterday, is the second such missive the group has sent to the board this week. They write: "We feel strongly that Dr. Nolan Estes is the person who should take the helm as Interim Superintendent until your superintendent search is successful in bringing in a permanent leader to replace Dr. Michael Hinojosa."

For those who weren't here when Estes was super, might I recommend this '83 D catch-up with the Harvard grad, which summarized his tenure thusly:
Even today, the mention of his name seems to evoke either praise or outrage. A Harvard-educated man, Estes was hired by a liberal school board; by the time he left, it had swung full-circle to become a conservative board of education. Philosophically, he was and is a conservative Baptist, yet he was always a progressive educator. His school politics were pragmatic but so murky that, at times, liberals complained that he was slightly to the right of Henry VIII while conservatives believed that he was a flaming liberal. But he was the consummate politician, always landing on his feet. Had he not, he never would have lasted a decade in a job with a life expectancy similar to that of a World War II paratrooper.

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8 comments
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Some things from the seventies survive..

Buckeye
Buckeye

Looks like Dean Vernon Wormer.  He can put everyone on double-secret probation.  Gotta work better than the way things are going now.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Will he also be informing the local draft board that the failing, low hanging fruit offspring are now available for military service?

Robert
Robert

Oh great I missed the Animal House reference. I'm glad now that I liked the comment.

Robert
Robert

The draft age back then was 19 to 26 so Estes probably didn't inform the draft board of anything. I don't recall any 19 year olds in my old school.

I mistakenly liked your comment.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Robert, that was a (paraphrase) quote from Animal House, as Nolan looks like Dean Wormer...I liked your comment because it was insightful sir..;)

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