Carolyn Davis Comes Out Swinging Against School Reform, in Defense of Principals' Jobs

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Everybody in school politics always says it's all about the children. That's almost never true. If you don't believe me, you should have been there last night.

At a spirited, sometimes cantankerous meeting in the auditorium of James Madison High School in South Dallas, prominent black elected officials, former officials and community advocates took a strong united stand on the Dallas school district's tough campaign of school reform aimed at minority schools.

Against.

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City Council member Carolyn Davis, who now apparently runs the school district too. Or thinks she does.
Reacting to news that as many as one-fourth of all Dallas school principals, many of them presumably black, may be fired at the end of the year for doing a lousy job, speakers rose from their seats last night to vehemently defend the jobs of those principals. Some speakers accused superintendent of schools Mike Miles, who is black, of insensitivity to the needs of the black community. Miles was not present.

Vowing trouble ahead for Miles, Dallas NAACP president Dr. Juanita Wallace told the sometimes stormy crowd, "We're all about justice, and what we're looking at now is not justice ...

"We are not going to sit by and allow our black principals to be railroaded out of their positions," Wallace said to applause from about 120 people.

Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis demanded that district executives sitting together at one side of the room stand up so the audience could see them. She said, "You only have one African-American that's sitting over on that side." The audience cheered Davis and jeered the DISD personnel.

"I think that the superintendent should have been here," she said to even louder applause.

Madison parents and students in the auditorium expressed anger over a rumor that Madison Principal Marian Willard had been notified she will be fired at the end of the year. Willard was not present, and DISD officials at the meeting would not discuss her status. Former school board trustee Ron Price told me Willard has been given notice her contract will not be renewed at the end of the year.

Rated "academically unacceptable" this year by the Texas Education Agency, Madison is one of two high schools I wrote about February 28 that have particularly abysmal academic achievement records. For a closer look at just how bad a job Madison does, go to the Texas Education Agency website and enter the name James Madison in the search box. In the report you get, search for "college readiness indicators."

The state reports have been junked up over the years with all kinds of not-to-be-trusted feel-good data -- some it amounts to "much less illiterate than they could be" -- so the one objective external measurement on the page is "examinees-criterion" under SAT results. That's the percentage of students who achieved what the district considers a minimum passing grades on the SAT tests.

At Madison last year that percentage was 1. Yes, 1 percent. The statewide percentage was 49.3.

DISD personnel at the meeting last night were mum about Willard's fate for obvious reasons. It's a personnel matter, and they can screw themselves up legally by talking about it in public. But that didn't stop City Council member Davis from subjecting them to a particularly nasty bit of bullying and public humiliation midway through the meeting.

Pointing to the officials from the school district, Davis said, "You need to come on up here. Come up here!"

After much exchanging of "not me" looks, two brave DISD upper management types eventually dragged themselves forward. One was school leadership chief Sylvia Reyna. The other I did not recognize.

While the pair ducked their heads and stared at their shoes like delinquents, Davis badgered them to tell her and all in attendance why Willard was being fired.

"Why was she let go?" Davis demanded.

They stared at their toes in silence.

Davis then demanded they make written notes of her demands. "Did you write that down?" she demanded of Reyna.

Reyna seemed to nod yes.

"Show me," Davis said, reaching over and pulling Reyna's notepad from her hands. This was all accompanied by laughter and jeers from the audience.

"It's not written down!" Davis said to more cheers. She then went on to suggest Miles will be in trouble with Dallas City Hall if he fails to mend his ways.

"The first thing as a council member I want to know," she said, "I want it in my office, why this lady was let go from this school. And it can't be because she's not doing a good job. You've got to find some other reason."

Demanding that the DISD officials show up in her City Hall office with answers -- I think she said it had to happen today -- Davis said, "You're going to have to produce."

The one African-American elected official who stayed notably neutral throughout the meeting was the person who called it, school board trustee Bernadette Nuttall. She conducted the meeting as a kind of neutral referee.

School board President Lew Blackburn lurked just outside in the corridor but did not enter the room. DISD trustee Dan Micciche sat in a front row in wide-eyed silence.

At the end of the meeting, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price stepped to the front of the room and quietly beseeched the audience to call Willard and urge her to fight her firing all the way through the legally prescribed appeals process. Price suggested all of the fired principals in the district should avail themselves of the full process, which eventually would make every individual firing a matter to be voted on by the school board.

At one point an audience member shouted to Nuttall to ask if she could summon the necessary votes on the board to save Willard's job. She shrugged and said she didn't know.

So this is where school reform will go. Black leadership will line up to defend black school district job-holders, no matter what the academic results may be for black students. White and Mexican-American community leaders probably also will rally to the defense of popular principals in their own communities. All of that intense community and voter pressure will come to bear finally on the school district trustees, who can be expected to start trading votes at that point.

So is there any kind of organized constituency that can be mustered to provide offsetting grassroots support for Miles and his team of reformers? The people most egregiously harmed by the failures of the school system are third-graders, because that's the point beyond which students who can't read or do arithmetic are lost. From fourth grade on, illiterate children enter what's sometimes called the "school-to-prison pipeline," unable to read, unable to understand what's going on, bored and misbehaving.

So I guess the ultimate fate of school reform may be in the hands of the third-graders. I will be the first to let you know if the poor little tykes start calling their own community meetings.


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honeybunny75403
honeybunny75403

I think the private schools are feeling the fact that their parents now realize that spending $16,000 a year just does not make sense when you weight it against Woodrow Wilson High School. Woodrow is getting at least 20 private and specialty school kids each freshman year.

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@BadSide The paperwork is verified. That is why it is based on the previous year. Woodrow, White and Hillcrest have been on the list for many years. Your allegation would require continuous cheating through different administrations, principals and staff. I know that Jay Mathews of The Washington Post/Newsweek lists is personally familiar with Woodrow and its quest to step up its game with four college prep academies, IB, AP and dual credit. Methinks you have an axe to grind, and it's a very dull blade.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Woodrow must be doing something right to arouse such vituperation. Perhaps the private schools are losing more kids to The Shrine than I thought.  Let's see, 9 kids from one little private school x $20,000 in tuition...

BadSide
BadSide

Woodrow claims that they are nationally ranked by the Washington Post as XXX number in the nation. Guess what, folks, ranking is based on paperwork that you submit. Washington Post does not even verify what you put on paper. So if I want my school to look good in national ranking, I will turn in some paperwork with some fluff in it. The reason why only a handful of schools in DISD is included in the list is because only a handful submit the golden paper. 

Woodrow is supported by Realtors in the area. They are the ones who sell the houses and in order to sell more, they want to fluff the image of Woodrow but will not mention it's ranking compared to other schools in the district. Yeah right, Woodrow is ranked XXX in the nation because only XXX submitted paperwork. That's the truth. Ask Washington Post to verify. 

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Not about educating kids - to idiots like Carolyn Davis and the other south Dallas morons, the DISD is just another government jobs program.  Just like Dallas city and county government - filled with incompetent people but because they are black, they don't want to change anything.

Far as I am concerned, just let south Dallas rot and die.

honeybunny75403
honeybunny75403

As the current PTA President of Woodrow Wilson High School I see some post from people that are just misinformed about what is going on at Woodrow and DISD. I am more than willing to meet with you at the school, give you a tour, and discuss your views on Woodrow. These blogs seem like a simple way for uninformed people to shoot off a comment and not have to take ownership of what they say. I welcome you to be a part of the solution and not just complain. Join us at Woodrow PTA to make a real difference in kids lifes. You can find my contact info on the PTA page of woodrowildcats.org

datadriven
datadriven

Mighty strange that Research and Evaluation in Dallas Independent School District rated Madison the sixth most effective high school (based on student demographics) of the comprehensive Dallas high schools, yet in one year, Miles decides to yank its leadership because she doesn't fit his ideal (young and TFA).

https://mydata.dallasisd.org/docs/SEI/SEI1112/201112_SEI_REPORT_LIST_no_div.pdf

So what are we supposed to believe: the data or Miles' team of sycophants with their ipads? Miles has a track record of failure; Willard has a great track record.

Believe the data or believe the fraud we have for a superintendent?

retrogal
retrogal

@DISD Teacher :Any physician in an ACO can tell you what a perverted excuse for low wage abuse and slavery the "pay for performance" con game is.  This con game always works to the advantage of the (overpaid  6-7 figure salaried)  "no-show"administrator or employer because it never addresses the root of the "low performance" problem, i.e. the non compliant patient (or in your case-student).  There is no incentive for the object of your labor to change behavior.  You are on a perpetual abuse treadmill and self styled "experts", like "Reformer" will continually criticize you for not being dedicated enough, not caring, not being a good enough teacher etc. Spare yourself. Quit DISD. Start your own school or consultancy.

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted

Jim--- What has happened to you? First, you need ot know what *reform* really means. What she is or is not against, is not *reform,* but a different way of doing things, and those are two VERY different things.

Come have lunch with me --or just about any teacher--i fyou want an education, pardon the pun.

Secondly, Ms Davis has worked many years with SOuth Dallas in favor of education, but here, I disagree with her. As a citizen, she has the full right to complain, applaud, quesiton or berate. But she is not just a citizen; she is a councilwoman, and in that capacity, I severely object to her demand that someone come to HER office. Nope, no ma'am. Tha tis NOT how it works in Dallas.. Our mayor stuck his nose in picking.... well, never mind.

Seriously, Ms Davis, STOP. You want to help us? Then critique the absurd things being asked of us, but keep your title away form your opinion.

And again, Jim, you know not of what you speak, and it is disheartening.

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted

I worked there when it was Sanger's and Foley's. It was  great mall once.

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted

Jim--- What has happened to you? First, you need ot know what *reform* really means. What she is or is not against, is not *reform,* but a different way of doing things, and those are two VERY different things.

Come have lunch with me --or just about any teacher--i fyou want an education, pardon the pun.

Secondly, Ms Davis has worked many years with SOuth Dallas in favor of education, but here, I disagree with her. As a citizen, she has the full right to complain, applaud, quesiton or berate. But she is not just a citizen; she is a councilwoman, and in that capacity, I severely object to her demand that someone come to HER office. Nope, no ma'am. Tha tis NOT how it works in Dallas.. Our mayor stuck his nose in picking.... well, never mind.

Seriously, Ms Davis, STOP. You want to help us? Then critique the absurd thigns being asked of us, but keep your title away form your opinion.

And again, Jim, you know not of what you speak, and it is disheartening.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

Tell me again why Miles wasn't at this meeting?  This meeting was a big deal in that community and the meeting was about the schools in that community.  So why wasn't Miles there?  Was he scared?  Did he fear it would a wee bit unpleasant for him?

How effective can he be at reform if he hides from the community?

We need to publicize security-camera footage of Miles visiting schools.  It's such a pathetic power trip for him.  He and his iPad-clicking entourage come sweeping in to start criticizing teachers and principals.  

But unlike the teachers in the schools, he's a no-show when the heat is on him.  

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

The 2012 valedictorian of Woodrow is black and is now at NYU in a prestigious program.

SantaFeTrail
SantaFeTrail

I'd be so ashamed to claim Woodrow is better than any comprehensive school in the district, just because they have IB. Look at the scores, please. Spruce, North Dallas, and Conrad are better than Woodrow.

PTMoore
PTMoore

As much as I hate Dallas' racial politics it is inaccurate to suggest that a high school principal can have much of an impact on SAT scores. Students who have come to high school through failed feeder schools are not going to do well on the SAT. I also think that the community deserves an explanation if a school leader is going to be replaced. No one deserves a job they are not qualified to perform. On the other hand a system that holds people accountable for situations over which they have no control will just lead to a revolving door of people taking and leaving the job. It is counter productive.   

kduble
kduble

I'm not even going to read anything about Carolyn Davis. It's just too depressing....

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

If Marian Willard were at HP, HP would still have excellent results.

Ed "reformers" like Todd Williams, the absolutely loathsome Mike Miles, Michelle Rhee, TFA want you to all think that poverty does not matter, despite all the research that shows it does--especially when it comes to SAT scores.

Poor kids are just as smart as rich kids but they are rarely as well fed, well rested, given glasses (I have over 10 students right now with vouchers for free glasses but the parents don't take them--who knows why), supervised, and even immunized.  Tiny apartments with 7 people and a blaring tv make doing homework way harder than in a 10-room house in HP with 2 parents and 1 other sibling.

Miles wants to blame those of us who STAND IN THE GAP for these kids.  What do people think we do all day?  I hardly know a teacher who isn't working like crazy on behalf of the kids.

If Marian Willard is allowing lazy, absent, unfair teachers to be in her building, then fire her.  But if the main complaint against her relates to SAT scores, then wake up and read the actual research.

And a big thanks to Ms Davis for treating Reyna the way the rest of us are getting treated on our campuses when she visits.  

Notice how Miles did not man up and show up.

EastDallasDad
EastDallasDad

About half of the speakers at this meeting didn't say anything about racism but had a number of legitimate concerns that remain unanswered. Mr. Schutze chose to focus exclusively on the most inflammatory comments and presents a distorted version of what took place. In his clamor for reform he seems to have abandoned any remaining semblance of critical thinking he possesses. 

No one is saying reform isn't needed. Lots of us wonder if what Miles is selling as "reform" is what we really need. Schutze grossly oversimplifies the issue into reform is good, anyone that questions it must want the status quo to protect jobs.

newsflash
newsflash

Gee, Jim, it seems good old Woodrow, alma mater of your son, can't get a black child to score college ready on the SAT.

Should we shut it down? How come Woodrow does so well by white kids? Why do they test so well but the Hispanic and black ones have scores like Madison but don't come from that level of poverty?

Isn't this a reason for expelling your principal?

Now, imagine an entire school scoring that low and you making it into a crime. Isn't Woodrow a school to prison pipeline for black kids? Or are they just ignored?

What is the problem at WOODROW? DOES YOUR PRINCIPAL NEED TO BE FIRED?

Elliot
Elliot

@honeybunny75403 I know Woodrow and they are completely off base and spreading false information.  There's always a jealousy factor at play when it comes to Woodrow, no other school has such devotion and others either dislike this or don't understand.

jimi
jimi

@wrongfredwrong It's great to see our future janitors and landscapers at least know how to fight. Congrats DISD!

ofcourse
ofcourse

@rightsaidfred Woodrow is playing the same game Uplift plays consistently. They refuse to tell how many students they tested.

Uplift could test four students and refuse to report it, then have one student at criterion, and it shows up as 25% at criterion.

The valedictorian at Madison is also black as is the one at Lincoln. Your point is? The achievement gap at Woodrow isn't crossed by a black valedictorian.

UrNotaReformer
UrNotaReformer

@really What do these people do except go to meetings or host themselves as experts? What do they do all day? Come teach in Dallas schools and then talk to us about education. None of these people has any expertise. Who is funding these meetings?

hahahah
hahahah

@really This is hysterical. A bunch of elitist white folks talking to white bald heads in the audience about how they are going to save education. Todd Willliams' real estate fund goes underwater so he's now the salvation for education?

This is nothing but a sideshow for people who are bored. Want a real job? Go teach in Dallas ISD and quit playing expert when you know nothing. This is nothing but pass the foundation money around and keep the side show going.

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@SantaFeTrail if you had a low income minority child you would really choose those schools over Woodrow, where there is actual opportunity?

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@PTMoore HIgh schools get stuck with all of the unprepared kids who could not be failed in middle school due to the 15% failure rate policy.  Sometimes a high failure rate is the result of a lazy/abusive/absent teacher, but other times it is the result of kids who do not work in class or complete homework.    The district doesn't allow for any distinctions.  So... many kids get a 70, which spares the teacher but punishes the high school getting the kid.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@DISDTeacher As I had said many times before, a child education success has three elements - involved teachers, involved students and involved parents.  Many poor kids have additional challanges, however these parents should take the time to get the kid their free eyeglasses and turn the TV off until homework is done. 

newsflash
newsflash

@EastDallasDad Who among us doesn't want the best for all the kids? Who among wouldn't do whatever it takes to provide for all these children? We don't value any of them more than the rest.

But the party line of Miles didn't work in Harrison and it's the same party line Rhee used in DC and they have a worse district than we do.

Shaming and humiliating these principals also shames and humiliates their students. Over what, SAT scores that look like their peer high schools?

Jim is being fed baloney and it comes out as rhetoric that is useless.

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@newsflash the Woodrow principal is in his second year - he came from Marsh, where he was able to improve minority and low income scores and the ranking of the school.

choosewoodrow
choosewoodrow

@newsflash Jim will get back to you as soon as his response is faxed over from DISD.  It takes them longer now with the recent change in Chiefs. 

BadSide
BadSide

@honeybunny75403 When all of Woodrow momfia take off all their selective sunglasses and blinders, let me know, so I can attend the meeting. Woodrow force to believe that you are inclusive. The scores don't lie. The gap between AA, SPED, and English language learners at Woodrow is wider compared to any school in DISD.

Elliot
Elliot

@jimi @wrongfredwrong This took place off campus. It is across the street behind the baseball field.  It would be very difficult if not impossible to see this from the building, unless one were on the third floor with binoculars. 

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@ofcourse @rightsaidfred the point is that it has been alleged that a black student cannot get a good education at Woodrow or that they are somehow excluded. I'm offering an example of how that is untrue.

wrongfredwrong
wrongfredwrong

@rightsaidfred You mean there is no opportunity at North Dallas? North Dallas' principal was the former dean at Woodrow who started the IB program with Woodrow's former principal Vail. Both schools are academically unacceptable yet Woodrow scores are horrible compared to North Dallas. Conrad scores are even better than Woodrow. So tell me again why Woodrow is so special? Both Conrad and North Dallas now offer academy programs. Hillcrest is catching up to offer IB program too.

ofcourse
ofcourse

@rightsaidfred No, he came from a middle school that is now tanking because he wanted a promotion.

PROMOTION. MONEY. THIS IS WHAT MOTIVATES ADMINISTRATORS, NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR KIDS.

truthTeller
truthTeller

@JimSX @newsflash Having a Preston Hollow kind of moment there, Jim? Did you never notice before that every comprehensive high school with middle and poor kids kind of reserves those best teachers for the parents who have degrees and will throw a fit if their kids get the losers?

Now, being a fine and upstanding East Dallas liberal, how do you explain your own neighborhood high school's scores? Not only that, but they have looked like the Grand Canyon of Achievement Gaps for years while Lakewood parents thought they were getting a real bargain with Choose Woodrow.

Test scores aren't finite little indicators of truth. They need context and they need more expertise than you have given your articles on the sordid doings at Madison.

newsflash
newsflash

@choosewoodrow @newsflash Yeah, his last article was full of their responses after they divulged confidential personnel info to him in order to get the public ready for their Michelle Rhee assault on the southern sector.

The southern sector should look more like Woodrow and it wouldn't be so vulnerable to assaults. It should have a thin layer of high achieving white kids to cover up the low scores of minority kids so things would be right in Jim's world.

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@BadSide @honeybunny75403 "Momfia"? The president of the Woodrow PTA is a father. Another fact of which you seem to be unaware.

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@BadSide @Elliot @jimi @wrongfredwrong This was some time ago, before many changes were made. Your assumptions are incorrect.

BadSide
BadSide

@Elliot @jimi @wrongfredwrong  whether these fights, I think I saw four that occurred in this 6-minute video, were off campus or on campus, they badly represent the kind of students Woodrow have. With this hundreds of students gathered and cheering and betting for the fights to happen, we can only assume fights are tolerated and allowed on campus. Four fights and not one adult present nor police presence. Unbelievable.

Elliot
Elliot

@wrongfredwrong @rightsaidfred White, Hillcrest and Woodrow are ranked in the Washington Post top high schools list using AP criteria.  In fact, they are ranked above some of the highly touted suburban schools. 

rightsaidfred
rightsaidfred

@wrongfredwrong @rightsaidfred Woodrow now offers 46 IB, 22 AP and 8 dual credit courses. The community and the Woodrow foundation offer a multitude of scholarships. An IB Diploma carries 24 hours of college credit. What do the other schools offer?

hahahah
hahahah

@wrongfredwrong @rightsaidfred  Because any school with any white kids left in it is assumed to be a good school. That's why Woodrow, Hillcrest, and White are assumed to be good schools.

They do have some good teachers, but so do the rest of the Dallas schools. That thin veneer of white kids works every time to assure everyone that everything is ok.

Elliot
Elliot

@ofcourse @rightsaidfred If Mr. Richardson went for the money, he's not making that much per hour as he's there 12 hours a day or more and attends events on the weekends. He gets a thumbs up from me - he is a disciplinarian and dedicated educator.  He is devoted to each segment of the school. 

hahahah
hahahah

@Reformer @really @DISDTeacher Oustanding teachers get tired of the sociopaths brought to town by the business interests in town. Because Miles' reputation is on YouTube as a hater of kids, teachers, and their parents, anywhere he goes will have trouble recruiting teachers.

You seem to think teachers are really stupid and would choose to work for someone who is apparently demented.

ofcourse
ofcourse

@Reformer @really @DISDTeacher There are around 300 actual openings in this district. Teachers don't want to come here.

The superintendent's kid had 3 subs daily, so he got airlifted out of Marsh. If Lumpy is that incompetent, he needs to be fired.

Reformer
Reformer

@really @Reformer @DISDTeacher I think that's actually really insulting to the many outstanding teachers in DISD. Wow.

I think outstanding teachers get tired of working next to bitter not-my-job burnouts. So to the extent that we need to get rid of those to attract even more outstanding teachers, I'm all for it. 

really
really

@Reformer @DISDTeacher You can be assured recruiting for this district will keep Lumpy awake at night. No, outstanding teachers don't want to come here. Predatory administrators and shills like you love it.

really
really

@Reformer @DISDTeacher Willard has put in 10 years of extra hours as have most DISD teachers.

Why don't you go meet with Regina I'm a Hack Real Estate or the Dallas PAC or any of the other frauds about town living off charity?

really
really

@Reformer @DISDTeacher This is the kind of teacher whose scores are exemplary. You, my friend, don't have a clue and why don't you go join the Reform as a Lunch Meeting Group with the Communities Foundation jokes?

Anyone see the endless McKenzie meetings with Todd Willliams and a group of hacks who have never taught a day in their lives? Willard brought Madison back from the death knell why those hacks were peddling real estate.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@Reformer @DISDTeacher I do what it takes and my students get excellent, extraordinary results.  Unlike you, I walk the walk with these kids.  You support a human stain.

Reformer
Reformer

@DISDTeacher @Reformer So...that's a no? You don't do afterschool tutoring or Saturday schools? You don't recognize that extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures?

Good. Go somewhere else. Good riddance. Maybe Miles can fill the principal office and the classrooms with teachers who are willing to be creative and put in extra hours. That's the only way to make a difference in these schools.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@Reformer @DISDTeacher Those of us outstanding teachers already in the district will outlast Miles.  But no new outstanding teachers will come to fill the 1000+ vacancies bc of working conditions in DISD and who can blame them?

With Miles in charge, hundreds of high school kids got subs for Math and Science during crucial academic years instead of content-certified teachers.

Too bad Miles can't go to a suburb and do the kids a favor.  But wait--no suburb would hire him.  He's toast once DISD cuts him loose.

Reformer
Reformer

@DISDTeacher By your logic, you're not outstanding then, since I assume by your vehement argument against these ideas that you're not doing any of them. Why don't you do the kids a favor and move to that suburb?

This, my friends, is the kind of teacher Miles is talking about.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@Reformer Obviously you don't work on a DISD campus.

What "outstanding teachers" want to come to DISD where they get to work 5 days a week with a looming pay for performance scheme designed to limit raises, do free after school tutoring AND work Saturday School when they could go work in suburb instead where their superintendent is actually certified and doesn't bash them 24/7?

What planet are you on?

And nevermind that teens need their sleep on Saturday mornings and don't want to get up; it's not like we can force them.

As for being "an integral part of Miles' team," no person of conscience would be part of that team.  No one who puts kids first would be part of his team.

He's only here because he TWICE lost his bid for Senate.   He has made no move to follow the rules everyone else follows and get certified.  He's doling out high salaries to everyone but actual teachers.

Be a part of his team?  You couldn't take enough showers to wash off the slime. 

Reformer
Reformer

@truthTeller @JimSX @newsflash Fair enough and it's also fair enough to ask what those principals are and have been doing about those low-performing students -- Saturday schools? Early morning and late hours? Coordination with feeder middle and elementary? Aggressive recruitment of outstanding teachers?

If Willard has been busting her hump for years trying every thing she can think of under the sun to drive those scores up to no avail, if she's willing and eager to try new strategies and be an integral part of Miles's team ... well, okay. That's one thing. if she's been sitting there running her little fiefdom and bullying anyone who crosses her .. well, that's something else. She's been there long enough for people to know which one she is.

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