Dreams of Fabulous Wealth Can Come True at DISD

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Lots of people have nightmares. I do. So what? I've never covered that up. I told you about the one in which I work for The Dallas Morning News and I have to go in every day and write positive stories about the Perot family.

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But here's the thing: people like me who have bad dreams sometimes? We also have good dreams. Wonderful fantasy dreams. That's the payoff. Bad dreams, good dreams.
So last night I had a really sweet dream in which they chose me to be superintendent of schools in Dallas. No idea why. They just call me up. "Jim, get down here. We need you to be the super."

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Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you, if you're Mike Miles at heart.
"Figures," I think to myself. But first, being a journalist by trade, I also figure I'd better do a little research. I want to see what I'd be walking in on.

It's easy to do. The state has a web page. So in my dream I go and I look up DISD. Let's see here. According to the Texas Education Agency, I will be the super over 157,095 students. Cool. That's huge. And exactly what kind of kids will I have on my hands here?

All right. The percentage of DISD students who are "economically disadvantaged" (correctspeak for poor) is ... uh ... looking down the column of numbers here ... 96.1 percent. Wow. You're kidding me. What is the percentage for Texas as a whole? It's 60.4 percent.

So how do I do the math on that? Trying to figure. Went into journalism because of certain challenges. Especially tough to do while dreaming.

It looks like kids in the Dallas school system are ... I'm trying to a ratio here in my dream ... well, they're what I would call way way poorer than most kids in Texas. The kids in my school system are 24.4 percent black, 69.7 percent Hispanic, 4.7 percent white, and the rest are the rest.

So I will be superintendent of schools over a huge student body of poor minority kids. Well, wait just a minute. How much money are they going to give me to take care of all these poor minority kids? I can't do it out of my own pocket. Oh my God! Look at this. DISD has a budget of $1.25 billion annually, $760 million of it from local property taxes.

That's so much money, you can't even count it. It's so much money, if a million dollars just flew out the window by accident, nobody would even notice. Or care. It's so much money, it's like it's not even real money any more. It's more like a big general sweetness in the air, a money-like happiness. I keep hearing the gentle noise of a babbling brook in my dream, like I'm floating on a river of money.

I'm rich! I made it! I'm in the chips at last! You know what's weird? I feel like I'm in the movies. I need to get down there to school headquarters today and start handing out the orders. I'll float down there on my own babbling brook of money-sweetness.

First thing I will tell them, "Call all my old buddies back where I worked before and offer them jobs at twice what they're making now." And don't tell me about personnel policies and posting jobs and shit. I'm rich! I'm the king of the River Sweetness, the boss of the water. You can't talk to me like that, chump. I don't need no stinking policies and procedures. Where's my limo canoe? Where's my driver-paddler? I'm ready for my close-up. I am floating, man!

What should they call my movie? Waiting for Jim Schutze. Who should play me? Well, me! Who better? I'm the Dallas super. I'm a movie star now. You know what's weird? I feel like I'm high. This is a GREAT dream.

Show me the cash drawer. WOW! How much is in there? You're kidding! Hey, give some money to my friends. C'mon, just reach in there and get the cash and give some of it to my friends. Tell them it's from "The Sweetness." They'll know.

My driver is paddling me down the babbling brook of sweetness to a party now. Wow, this is the fanciest party I've ever been to. In real life I might be intimidated, but not in this dream. This is a wonderful dream. Whose house is this? It's a castle, man. Oh, you're kidding me. This is the home of Ross Perot Jr. At last I arrive!

I can't wait to get in there. I'm going to march in there and tell him, "Hey, Perot, you don't show me shit! I am the super, man, the king of the poor kids! I don't have to write favorable stories about you any more for the News. I am the news!"

What? Oh, hell, she's waking me up. She's wrecking my dream. What? Toilet? Toilet running all night? Damn! I have to fix it? I'm right on the verge between sleep and dreaming. I see 100,000 kids going down the toilet. Nasty. Better do what she says. I can tell when a good dream's about to go south.



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16 comments
garlandsucks
garlandsucks

government on every level runs un checked and we take it in the rear, literally like that chick that was fingered by deputy sameglove.

marp
marp

Ah, finally, the DMN is reporting the inane comments by Todd Williams and Clint McDonnough (Mayor Rawlings will not comment until the final audit).

Williams said he can't comment on the audit because he hasn't read it. McDonnough spoke of Miles working with the trustees and community "to correct issues raised in the report."

Seriously, guys? This is all you can come up with? McDonnough is willing to give Miles a free pass and focus instead on "correcting the issues?" The way to correct the issues is to enforce the real consequences which should occur when policies are clearly and knowingly broken. These were not just amateur mistakes with no meaning. The superintendent knew EXACTLY what he was doing.

These "top dogs" in Dallas must hold the superintendent accountable for his actions, not use their power to excuse them away. The citizens of Dallas deserve no less from them.

The district must ensure protection for the internal auditor, LaNita Ray, to do her job without fear of losing her job. Otherwise, the final version of the audit risks being watered down and unreliable.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

There must be some way to mathematically graph the point at which school district salaries start attracting more sociopaths than talent.  Seems like we went past that point long ago. 

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Well that didn't take long. The arrogance of razzle dazzle executives like Mike Miles sooner or later exposes their disdain of bothersome rules and policies that they believe are only applicable to the peons. The DISD board had better invest in the most advanced top of the line BS meter that money can buy.

marple
marple

Schutze:  Remember your article about Mark Melton of Educate Dallas and Todd Williams of Dallas Kids First? http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2012/04/business_people_taking_an_inte.php

Maybe since you have interviewed them before you can get a comment from them now.  They have been strangely silent about Mike Miles.  They both spent large amounts of time and/or money on PAC's for the May 2012 DISD trustee election. It seems odd that they would be so involved and then just walk away when the crisis hits. 

Do they think the trustees whom they supported (Jones, Micciche, & Nutall) are doing a good job?  I'm not saying that they are not, but for all the time and money they spent, you'd think Melton and Williams and their PAC's  have a vested interest in what's going on now.  But, not a peep out of them to the press. What's up with that?

BettyC1
BettyC1

Why are people so obsessed with DISD administrative salaries? My goodness people before them made comparable salaries so what's the big deal. Dallas is so fickle they don't care that the City Manager,DART CEO all make large salaries and City of Dallas stays in a funk. Alan King is now saying Miles broke rules,Carla Ranger calling for him to go same person who did not vote for him to be hired.

big_oj
big_oj

"Dreams of Fabulous Wealth Can Come True at DISD" I think that's been there motto since I started Kindergarden.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

While it is clearly on Mr. Miles's watch, you have to wonder whether anything has changed in DISD controls. James Madison made the point we are a nation of laws, not of men. Businesses, good businesses, are collections of systems, not men. In any other large business, you cannot pick your mover that is your brother in law because he will not be on the approved list. The system can only handle vendors on the list. You cannot issue an offer of employment on official stationery without an opening number and the system will check the difference between date started and date filled. You cannot approve an offer without the employee number of the approver, you only get an employee number if actually employed, and you log in to system specifically to do approval. DISD has clearly remained a place where you can just sit at a typewriter, compose, print, and sign and off it goes. Mr. King gets good press for changing DISD operations. I wonder if anything has changed. It seems to be a place where when El Jefe says jump, anything goes. That behavior sounds like responsiveness and flexibility, but it is so wrong for the organization.

James080
James080

Its the DISD. Miles is a perfect fit. Its just too bad for the kids and teachers.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Is there a bigger beating than talking about the idiocy that is DISD?

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Even in your dream, it can't be that easy, Jim. Remember, as you float down the river of money you have to stop now and then to dig little channels to make sure some of it flows to those wonderful people who plucked you out of Podunkville and made you the Super. But at least you don't have to worry about mathy things like competitive bids and cost-effectiveness and stuff.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@BettyC1 

*hahahahahahahahaha* (paraphrasing)

"Everybody else is horrible and overpaid, too!"

If you can't figure out how arrogant, entitled and disconnected from reality that sounds, you are part of the problem.

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Why?   Because this is taxpayer money that is being wasted.  Understand that concept?

  Guess what - I think that incompetent city mismanager is way overpaid and should be fired - but apparently she has some really graphic pictures of city council members doing some really awful things.  The DART CEO who never rides a DART train or bus (and probably wouldn't know how to get to one) should also get his butt kicked.

Miles gave his many of his adminstrators 50-100% pay increases to come to DISD.  Many people would leave jobs for other jobs for 10 or 20% increases.  This means money that could have been used for hiring another teacher or for school supplies was wasted on an adminstrator who sits around making powerpoint presentations and going to meetings where DISD management pats themselves on their backs.

Just because other corrupt and inept Dallas government organizations waste money doesn't mean that people should stop pointing it out.  Maybe one day taxpaying people will organize and run these self serving "public servants" out of town on the back of a mule.

Guesty
Guesty

@MikeWestEast I get your point, but don't be so sure of corporate enterprise. All that and more happens when the person who asks has a title that starts with a "C".

Tom434
Tom434

@SuperfuzzBigmuff No, before he is done he will make Yvonne Gonzalez look good

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@Tom434 in a way it's brilliant. Everything about DISD gives us all such tired-head that we say fuck it, throw up our hands, stop caring, and laugh that people still send their kids to DISD schools.

We know they're robbing us, we feel sorry for the teachers, but we're so used to the corruption and inefficiency we've just stopped caring.

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