Dallas ISD's Carla Ranger: The Superintendent Search Is "Being Dragged on Too Long"

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Lew Blackburn and Carla Ranger, seen here with the super they can't seem to replace, once again find themselves on opposite ends of a subject.
The Dallas Independent School District board has much on its plate at today's briefing, the first of the new year: that look-see at the coming year's budget, a report on efforts to close 11 schools to save $11 million, a peek at how that under-construction teacher evaluation system is coming along, further chitchat about proposed grading and class-ranking changes brought about by the looming STAAR test, one last look at the 2012-13 calendar and on and on and on. It begins at 11:30 in the morning; God knows when it'll end. DISD board meetings are like dares; no wonder no one wants to run for the board.

Then again, maybe today's will have a little extra drama. Because in case you haven't heard, earlier this week it was revealed that board president Lew Blackburn was in the running -- barely, as one of 43 candidates -- for the superintendent's gig in East Baton Rouge Parish. He didn't make the cut, just as he wasn't hired to lead DeSoto's ISD when he was up for that job. But as it turns out, East Baton Rouge is using PROACT for its super search -- the same firm DISD hired to find a replacement for Michael Hinojosa.

This doesn't sit well with Blackburn's longtime nemesis, trustee Carla Ranger, who writes on her blog that this "raises a clear conflict of interest." Writes Ranger, the DISD search "will now have a cloud hanging over it because ... it now appears the Board President is using the Dallas ISD Superintendent search to campaign for a Superintendent position for himself."

That's not all she's unhappy about, though, and her second point is something echoed by other educators and reform-minded observers I've spoken to in recent weeks: The search for a super's taking too damned long.

Blackburn told Unfair Park last month not to worry; everything's cool. But there are plenty of folks watching DISD who believe Blackburn likes not having anyone in the top spot; being board president is almost like being superintendent this way. And Ranger's had it:
The Dallas ISD Superintendent search is being dragged on too long. We need a Superintendent -- not a Board President seeking to land a Superintendent position for himself at the same time with a school district represented by the same search firm ...

It shouldn't take a year to find a Superintendent for Dallas ISD. One of the search firms interviewed last September stated they would have a list of candidates for the board to consider in January 2012. That firm was not chosen. The Dallas ISD Superintendent search will continue to be tainted by the the Board President's conflict of interest and current campaign to obtain a Superintendent's position for himself.

And the compromising of Dallas ISD will continue.

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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Stop, Carla, Stop.

With respect, this is taking just long enough. We are saving literally hundreds of thousands of dollars--no Sup't to pay for. King is delayering one person at a time up there, too, trimming it so when someone DOES come in, they can start with a leaner management team.

When we rushed in before, what did we get? Uh-uh, take their time.

Stop, Carla, Stop.

We need to find a competent, non-corrupted person to be our boss. We teachers don't care if they speak Spanish, sorry LULAC. The last three did, and one got fired, one quit and one went to prison. Get off the Spanish train and get on the competent train.

We need someone who can read a budget, can recognize a lie when they hear it,  and will listen to all comers, not just the status quo groups. We need someone who does not need this position as a stepping stone to another career or as  a padding mechanism for their reitremnt account.

I don't care if they taught for years, or not one day, if they can lead an entity with 157,000 customers (the kids), 15,000 employees and a billion dollar budget. They understand or can learn federal and state laws. They know or can learn that your BEST experts are in the classroom, not in a consultancy plan, and that your lawyers need to show you how to be honest and forthright with emploeyees to reduce legal fees, not try to hide more from the media and everyone else.

Stop, Carla, stop.

cockadoodledoooo
cockadoodledoooo

Anybody know any super expensive consulting firms the city can hire? 

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

You're tilting at windmills Carla.  Focus on getting the right superintendent, don't worry about how long it's taking, and don't worry about what Lew is doing.  Just get the right person.

The Royal Wii
The Royal Wii

Nothing better highlights our need for better education in this country than watching these boobs fumble along and fail time and again to administer an effective education program.

Sheeeeit. For nearly 400 large/year, I'll take the job of "Professional Blame Taker" for a couple of years. I'll even skip the tidy pension and I won't make y'all lie and give me a positive recommendation. 

SlamminSammySnead
SlamminSammySnead

Keep Alan King and hire a Chief Academic Officer who knows curriculum.  At the end of two years you have a succession plan with personnel in place.  Meanwhile Alan cleans house with a small nuke.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

There is no way it should take a year to hire a new super.  Adverts in a few trade publications,  a little work by a recruiter and voila!  But then you have to take in all the various sub groups, sub populations, and groups that feel oppressed plus the groups that do not fell oppressed but fear being oppressed.  So basically you end up with a job that requires 80% of you time  kissing butts and listing to whiny cranks that nobody wants. 

So grab the best rated principal in the DISD, put them in the job, and promise to fire them in 12- 18 months if they are not doing the job.  And you need to define 'doing the job'  as raising the graduate rate, test scores, and math/reading levels. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Grab Brian Lusk (principal at the new technology magnet) and put him in charge of academics.

Successful, adored by his staff, and effective.  

And since he's currently on a campus instead of being out in Bureaucratica, he'd know what REAL KIDS need and how the district is frustrating and undermining good teachers.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

"So grab the best rated principal in the DISD, put them in the job, and promise to fire them in 12- 18 months if they are not doing the job."exactly. 

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