Shirley Ison-Newsome, DISD's Teflon Administrator, Is On Her Way Out

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Shirley Ison-Newsome
Shirley Ison-Newsome is a survivor. The longtime DISD administrator, currently assistant superintendent, has managed to stay afloat at the district even as administration after boss after boss, administration after administration, have sunk to the watery depths. That she has managed emerge unharmed even as she has been caught up in any number of financial indiscretions, speaks to her agility as a bureaucrat and her political connections. So does the fact that Superintendent Mike Miles, tough-talking champion of reform at DISD, not only kept her on board but promoted her and gave her a $23,000 raise.

Something has now pierced the Kevlar. The Morning News reported Friday evening that, after 37 years with the district, Ison-Newsome is on her way out. Could it have something to do with the boys-only trip to see Red Tails? That unauthorized out-of-town bowling item? Miles implementing his tough talk on accountability? Or did Ison-Newsome just decide it was time to tiptoe into retirement?

It's probably not the latter. According to the Morning News Ison-Newsome told Miles on Friday that she planned to resign immediately. She then apparently had a change of heart and said she would set a date to retire. Miles wouldn't go into detail about her departure, other than to praise her long career and dedication to the district, but the circumstances indicate that Ison-Newsome's decision wasn't made without some degree of outside pressure.

Whatever the case, it's time for Ison-Newsome to go. Her tenure, marked at intervals by scandal, has epitomized one of the most vexing problems at DISD: that the system has become as much about adult politics as about kids' education.

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barrock12
barrock12

Good job Mike......clean house that's what we hired your for

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

Who wrote the first and second sentences, Tonto, Tarzan or Frankenstein?

bbeach8907
bbeach8907

She has made enough people resign or retire.......she ought to know she needed to wait til Jan to Retire.  Miles is a FOOL if he allows her to change it !

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

37 years.  No way.  People that get entrenched in the same position doing the same things the same way for decades is one reasons businesses fail.  It's no different for government bureaucrats.

blackwhitebrown
blackwhitebrown

She was asked to resign. The racial tensions that usually flow beneath the surface are beginning to percolate up through the bureaucratic crust.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I guess that raise will help as a nice addition to her retirement pay ?

Or will she need to hang on a while to get it ? Which is what accounts for the wait for the right date .

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 @blackwhitebrown Both seem to be Dark Skinned Americans not sure how racism or that card can be played  into this deal ..

 

Could be she isn't a fit  for Assistant Superintendent position she was promoted to handle and after 37 years its time for her to go ?

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