If Nothing Else, They Won't Run Out of Things to Ask DISD Trustee Edwin Flores Tonight

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Edwin Flores's appearance at E.L. DeGolyer Elementary has been on the schedule for quite a while; says the invite, the Dallas Independent School District trustee's scheduled to speak about "the state of the district and superintendent search." I expect that's not all he'll be asked to address.

But where to begin? With Friday's news that a teacher's been put on leave after sending Flores an angry missive over extended workdays? Wrote that teacher: "People like you destroy morale, beat us down into the ground, and make us wish we had been greedy enough to go into the business world as yourself." This was in response to Flores's comment last week that, hey, "We're going to pay for eight hours, we're going to get eight hours."

Or, do we begin here, with another anonymous DISD teacher's proposed Leap Day Sick Out on February 29? Writes that teacher: "It is as if the school board wishes to recognize that lots of extra time is being put in by their dedicated work force by mandating that it continue, all the while assuring us that we will remain uncompensated for the time."

Or, do we begin with the breaking news that Flores will have a challenger for his District 1 seat? Writes Mike Greenberg, a first-year DeGolyer dad: "I believe in public schools and I believe that Dallas ISD can be great with the help of a cohesive Board of Trustees dedicated to policy that supports teachers and principals as well as policy that holds the superintendent and the administration accountable." Where oh where to begin?

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Andrea
Andrea

Listen, some of us have been telling you the truth about Edwin Flores since he LAST stood for re-election. At least now, you're listening a little more closely.

guest
guest

Sickout?  Makes sense.  DISD teachers use their sick leave to stay home and grade papers as it is, since the district squeezes them so hard they can't get it done, even factoring in evenings and weekends.  And the administration just keeps piling it on.   New teachers, including Teach for America teachers, are heading for the hills for many good reasons.   Law school, anyone?  I just hope that some of them remember what they've been through and come back to help clear away the wreckage.

Mathteacher
Mathteacher

BBetzen, a sad blogger whose only aim is to promote his website and screwed up graduation rate calculation. Feel sorry for you, retired old man.

Guest
Guest

I wonder what room Flores is going to run to tonight when the questions get to tough for his thin skin!

Guest
Guest

I chose to skip the meeting.  I know I could not have kept my mouth shut and cannot afford to lose my job! I hope to hear that some tough questions were asked and I'll extremely curious as to his answers.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

As this whirlwind of events have happened I tried to summarize it all, as of 30 minutes ago, at http://schoolarchiveproject.bl... complete with the web site for the protest and other links for legislation we also need to focus on.

Next year we must have over 100,000 of us demonstrating in Austin so that the legislature realizes that our children are the priority in Texas.

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

Even I, a person not in the educational system knows that teachers spend many hours at home working on grading, lesson plans, etc.  They are not paid for these hours. Why doesn't Flores know that?

Suspending a teacher for sending an e-mail is a truly cowardly thing to do.  This is an obvious retaliation.  Can a lawyer out there can help out Mr Drake to sue Flores and DISD for abuse of power?

Adios Edwin
Adios Edwin

Hopefully teachers' spouses, their professional associations, relatives, parents of their students, and anyone else who cares about education will pour money into Greenberg's campaign. Edwin Flores has made himself the poster child for what's wrong with the DISD board.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

The problems are much bigger than just one trustee!  Everyone angry about what is happening to our teachers and students must contact their legislators!

The ones who voted “Yea” to Senate Bill 1 (SB1) are the ones are responsible for the $5 billion in educational budget cuts that have led to this crisis. We must focus on those who voted to pass SB1 which was the budget bill that cut the educational budget. Generally speaking "Yea" votes for SB1 were along party lines, but that is not always true. SB1 was passed 6-28-11 in special session. The final votes are online. See http://www.legis.state.tx.us/B... This page is the actions page for SB1. Just click on the most recent votes tabs for both the House and Senate at the top of the page. You can see the names of those legislators responsible. We need to be calling their offices now asking for the reasoning behind their votes. Then get ready for the next election, attend campaign gatherings, and ask questions. Our children need advocates to stand up for them effectively!

Mike3647
Mike3647

Gotta get rid of Flores.

heyheymama
heyheymama

Flores resigned his position on the Good Shepherd Episcopal School's Board of Trustees back in the spring.  That news told me it was election time soon. 

How would he have explained that he has had the free time, over 4(-ish) years, to spend on a private school's board & concerns, given the pressing state of affairs with the DISD?

Concerned Parent
Concerned Parent

I hope Flores gets defeated in the upcoming election. With out new leadership on the Board, DISD will suffer. We need NEW LEADERSHIP for our children.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

DISD has always reminded me of a airplane with a flamed-out engine running on fumes with a busted landing gear. When the capt. of the plane refuses to declare an emergency landing and instead takes the only parachute aboard, jumps for his life, and leaves the rest of the crew and passengers to fend for themselves, that is the picture I have of this district.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Retired old man, correct.  But the goal of the web site is only to focus on the true graduation rates! Remember when Houston was claiming graduation rates of 1%, and DISD was 1.8%?  Were those the "good old days" for you?  There are criminals making money from such manipulations while Texas children are "falling through the cracks" that are wider than any Texas horizon. 

Google the words Dallas and dropout. See the truth unless you are not interested in raising the real graduation rates.

heyheymama
heyheymama

Doubt that much happened in the way of fireworks.  His public meetings have very low turnout.  DeGolyer parents are an easy audience for him.  District 13 voters have re-elected him and he has the support of DeGolyer/Marsh/White parents who think he's their friend. 

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Yes, but in this case getting rid of one trustee is a darn good start.

Twhite3
Twhite3

Hello,

I am considering conducting an "out with Flores campagin" if you are intereted please contact me at twhite3@twu.edu

RTGolden
RTGolden

Change that plane to a ship and the pilot to a captain, and you have exactly what happened to that cruise ship a couple weeks ago.

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