What Sickout? Dallas ISD Says More Teachers Showed Up Today Than Usual.

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I called Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander early this morning to see if that lone, anonymous teacher's call for a leap day of protest went answered by his peers. No, says Dahlander in a statement just dispatched from 3700 Ross. Not at all:
The percentage of Dallas ISD teachers who called in sick or who took a personal day today is 13% less than our regular average.

The Dallas Independent School District honor ours teachers for their continued dedication to Dallas students every single day.

There's a reason why the number of Dallas ISD graduates reached its highest number this past year since 1983: teachers.

There's a reason why the dropout rate has been cut in half during the last three years: teachers.

There's a reason why the number of Dallas ISD students scoring at college-ready levels has climbed each of the last 5 years: teachers.

If you see one of our teachers today, thank them for what they do.
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mike1984
mike1984

There is a very simple reason why our graduations rates have gone.....we have lowered our standards....DUH!  Remember not that long ago DISD decided that there would be no penalty for late work. If we lower our standards low enough everyone can graduate....you if you have a pulse you graduate congatulations!!

LaceyB
LaceyB

This reminds me of the day before Thanksgiving last year in speech class. It kinda went unsaid that there might be a perk if you show up. So I did, only to see 3/4 of the class there also--way more than normal. Alas, no perk, only lecture.

Mike3647
Mike3647

"There's a reason why the number of Dallas ISD graduates reached its highest number this past year since 1983: teachers." .

 I'd like to see the comparison of percentages.  I'm not dishing on teachers at all, I'm just always suspicious of DISD.

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

Yeah! It's the teachers,good students and good parents . It sure as Hell isn't Rick Perry!

Russp
Russp

Wasn't DISD doing social promotions to keep kids with their age group even if they failed or didn't complete the work? Is this still going on?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yeah, if there are 3x more students than there were in '83, that wouldn't be hard.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Perry, Dewhurst and the GOP lege are to blame for DISD having to cut employees and close schools. The school board and administration are just working with what the state budget dealt them.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Many DISD principals repeat the party line that "failing a kid doesn't help them."  It helps them absolve themselves of responsibility.  The trustees do it, too.

They never stop to think about the effect that promoting an unprepared student has on the student, the school, the kids who earned promotion, and the system as a whole.

Social promotes get to the next grade and are completely lost.  So they disrupt, sleep, do drugs to pass the time, etc.  Yeah, that's really helping them.

Social promotes teach all the kids that effort doesn't matter.Why bother?  Kids aren't stupid.The with-it parents see the slide and pull their kids out (usually moving to the suburbs).

Let us, like charters, expel kids permanently from neighborhood campuses if they are intentional non-learners or behavior problems.  Let them attend a DISD school especially designed to meet their challenges.  

For trying-but-failing kids, we need 1-year remediation campuses designed for those special challenges.

This isn't rocket science, but our trustees still can't figure it out.An extra 45 minutes a day for those damn teachers, though?  Check.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Except the school board and the admin blew $57 million of what they were given on food and hotels, $3 million paid to the top people at TFA, and how many millions wasted on IT programs?

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