DISD Principals and Trustees Have Another Month to Prepare for Battle with Mike Miles

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DISD Superintendent Mike Miles
Up to 50 Dallas ISD schools could have a changing of the guard next year, as principals announce their resignation or retirement. Superintendent Mike Miles has placed heavy emphasis on principal reform, including replacing those who underperform.

But around a dozen principals are not going quietly into that good night. DISD trustees were supposed to meet tomorrow to discuss forcing as many as 15 principals out of their jobs. But as the Morning News first reported, that discussion has been delayed until May.

"We're going to get the recommendation from the administration next month," DISD Board President told Unfair Park today. He explained that the decision was made to ensure that all the data presented is correct and the process handled fairly for the principals.

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Of the 223 principals in the district, more than 60 had been put on growth plans this year. Those who failed to rise to certain standards could be recommended for firing.

Tension has been mounting for a while now, and this gives principals and activists another month to fight and campaign for their jobs. At March's board meeting, people gathered outside DISD headquarters to protest what they view as the unfair targeting of South Dallas principals. Inside the meeting many community members spoke out in support of Madison High School principal Marian Willard and Lincoln High School principal Leslie Swann.

Also last month, at a meeting at James Madison High School auditorium activists and elected officials, including Dallas NAACP president Dr. Juanita Wallace and City Council member Carolyn Davis, decried Miles' plans.

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

There's even been head butting between Miles and some of the trustees. Schutze wrote last week about the heated email exchanges between the superintendent and Trustee Bernadette Nutall stemming from concerns about principal firings, and accusations of Nutall telling executive directors "the community would come after you" if they didn't keep their hands off certain South Dallas principals.

And now we have another month for both sides to keep building their forces. Think there'll be a crowd at May's board meeting?


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James080
James080

For the life of me, I can not understand why Dallas' black political leaders have dedicated themselves to perpetuating a legacy of failure at majority black high schools in the DISD. Why should protecting patronage jobs for incompetent black principals be a more compelling priority than actually educating DISD's black students? Could it be that Dallas' black political leaders are afraid that educated constituents would vote for better leaders? Or is it merely a matter of black political leaders wanting to remain the gatekeepers (and overlords) for public sector jobs in their communities?

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Now we have enough time to get our popcorn ready.  I am so glad my daughters have all graduated from high school and do not have to deal with this upcoming war.

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

@James080 

You are correct. It is all about acquiring high paying jobs for the 'right' blacks, regardless of ability, qualifications, or results. The principals are only a tiny part of this jobs program. My personal experience with HR, Payroll and Continuing Education departments bear this out.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

@James080 Because they don't actually value education.  They truly believe that going through the motions, however poorly, and obtaining a diploma is all that's required to reach parity with other students graduating from other schools.  It's like "cargo cult" education.    

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