John Wiley Price Seems to Be Calling For the Crucifixion of "Fake Jesus" Mike Miles

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John Wiley Price first inserted himself into the debate over school reform in Dallas ISD when he showed up at a November board meeting to lambast Superintendent Mike Miles' heavy-handed attempts to enact change. His specific complaint then was the departure of longtime administrator Shirley Ison-Newsome, but Price made it abundantly clear that Miles had made an enemy for life.

He wasn't kidding. As the school reform guillotine hovers over the necks of more than 60 principals placed on growth plans, Price's anti-Miles crusade has turned biblical.

Miles, it seems, has been making the round of southern Dallas churches in hopes of drumming up support for -- or at least quieting opposition to -- the coming principal shakeup and other less popular elements of his reform plan. Price caught wind of the visits and, as the Morning News' Matthew Haag reports, recently sent a letter to 75 pastors urging them to reject Miles' message.

"It has come to my attention that now Pontius Pilate plans to parade through many of your churches with a fake Jesus in tow," Price wrote. "It amazes me, but I must say that I am not surprised. While Pilate may find no fault in the prisoner that has been charged to judge, we do. Thankfully, this time, we get a chance to make it right."

Price declined to expound upon the metaphor, saying he preferred to leave it open to interpretation, but it's pretty clear that Miles is the fake Jesus, and Haag suggests that Board President Lew Blackburn is Pilate. But Price seems to be placing himself and his constituents in the role of crucifiers which, even if this Jesus is fake, does not seem a flattering role.

But while some elements may be somewhat puzzling, Price's message is not. This is war, and Price won't stop until Miles is gone. It's exactly the type of parochial backlash Jim predicted not long after Miles was hired.

Miles is digging in as well. Despite some squeamishness from some board members, he's shown no sign of watering down his reforms. Expect a pitched battle when the board discusses principals' fates next month.

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Joslin
Joslin

I'm not saying I'm gifted or anything but I created my own birth certificate with Photoshop.

SandraFluke
SandraFluke

As long as I get my free birth control pills what difference does it make?

BettyC1
BettyC1

John needs to sit down Miles is not starting a war with John,Miles is trying to educate Kids in DISD and hoping if it takes a Village,as Black people are heard saying,the church is an important part of that. Who ever heard of criticizing a Man for doing outreach? South Dallas Blacks should be mad as hell at John Price and Nutall for trying to stop their Kids from being the best and receiving the best education possible. The people 's jobs they are trying to protect don't live in the area nor send their kids to DISD schools.How long will they keep living the slavery mentality under new Black salve masters in public service jobs.

lacpac2011
lacpac2011

I say no better for Mike Miles. He gets what he deserves taking John on instead of ignoring him. The man is protected by TEA, a board and battery of attorneys. Why is he running to black preachers. Miles is not an elected official, he does not have create wars to be a hero, or get ratings from the media or the preachers. .

I want to see how many preachers are going to shut their door if Miles comes a running their way just because Price said so.   This move by Miles does nothing for the preachers trying to shake off the image of getting paid off for support. Why doesn't MILES meet with PTA conferences, teacher unions, etc.

Tom434
Tom434

Taking a page from WWE, cage match or maybe the UFC match with the loser leaving town

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

How does this cretin get re-elected.  Does his district not realize how much he his holding the entire city of Dallas back? 

teacher
teacher

This is so disappointing that this is being played out this way in local media outlets. 

See, the big loud battle that the city gets to see is this JWP against FMM. And WHO wouldn't be on the side of FMM? I mean, he wants to "reform" the school district, get rid of "bad" principals, and JWP is clearly a member of the horrible political establishment in this city that holds Dallas back (at least, to me).

THAT is NOT what we should be talking about. When my entire lesson is discounted as "poor" because of some verbage on my board that doesn't fit FMM's canned "demonstration of learning" template, THAT is the problem. That is the issue here. When HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN are having their education relegated to some big experiment, while money lines the pockets of layers and layers of administration, THAT is the battle we're fighting. This JWP is a distraction. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. 

Schutz wrote in something a while back that the fight was coming, and it was time to see whose side you were on, implying JWP or FMM. 

NO. NEITHER. 

Be on the side of thousands of adults that work hard and care hard and are tired of having their intelligence insulted and morale squashed.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

To my knowledge JWP  or the other Usual suspects ever seemed to have a problem with the School Board Presidents Day Job as the part  of the  Dallas Can academy leadership.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Somebody needs to tell Price that those are women's glasses. But something tells me he knows that already. Maybe he can be the first Dallas County Commissioner to come out as being Gay.

MisterMean
MisterMean

Two things that are broken (among many but will only cite these two) are the DISD and JWP.   Both have been in the news for many many years and never seem to get better-only worse.   Perhaps the DISD needs to be broken up (I really do not have any idea but this has been going on for so long that anything would be an improvement) and the FBI needs to get on with it's case on JWP.

mcdallas
mcdallas

What is JWP's religion, exactly?  Is he a Christian?  What church does he attend?

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Im suspecting JWPs trying to shore up the troops before the massive bombshell hits concerning his own federal trial. In addition, I have a sneaking suspicion that Don Hill may play a key part in this, seeing that he's trying to lower his sentence in the Fed...

James080
James080 topcommenter

Price's motivation is simple: if he can keep his constituents uneducated, ignorant and unemployable, they will be forced to come to him for placement in government jobs, and they will continue to vote for him for job security. In effect, Price is the new plantation master. 

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

If anyone was wondering why DISD is such a clusterfuck, this is a classic example.

titusgroan
titusgroan

Wait, wait!  The popcorn's not ready!

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

It appears that a handful of jobs are more important to Mr. Price than the future of thousands of children.  Of course, if the children become educated and are able to think critically and logically then they may toss out political leaders such as Mr. Price.

ahoy
ahoy

@lacpac2011 Empirically speaking, parent involvement is a really tough nut to crack at some schools.  It is next to impossible to get parents to show up for Parent Events replete with food and door prizes, let alone PTA meetings.  Miles is trying to connect with parents where they already are instead of asking parents to come to school (which doesn't work).  I'm not defending Miles, but I do see the logic behind "running to black preachers."  Isn't that what Sprague's "unique talent" supposedly was--community connections?    Hahahaa.  

anon
anon

@ebailey75057 give him some credit - he's a County commissioner so his influence goes beyond just holding back the city of Dallas

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@teacher actually Id like to be on the side of the thousands of kids who have no say in this and are stuck in a battle between teacher, the supe, the state and JWP.  They will be lucky if all of you dont ruin them

teacher
teacher

And for the record, I welcome any form of education reform that isn't STUPID.

AND, I'm not one of those old teachers that we all love to hate. I'm part of the group that the FMMs go nuts about, and even I think it's disgusting.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Yes,  lets break it up into to segments, North Dallas ISD and South Dallas ISD.  Yeah thats the ticket!  Good luck with those school fund drives South Dallas ISD!    

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@mcdallas his religion is politics, his church is the commissioners court, the church fund is covered while passing the plate around back room deals, the money is kept in a safe, the church van is a Bentley 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ChrisDangerShow Don Hill is pissed because he got no money and always wondered where it went, I guess hill figured out Price had been hiding his money from him in that safe

ahoy
ahoy

@James080 That may be giving him a little more credit than is due.  He wants some vig, and he only has one move in his repertoire to get it.  It's blocking--blocking traffic, blocking the inland port, blocking economic development, blocking real estate development, blocking access to South Dallas churches--unless he gets his vig.  I doubt he cares whether constituents are educated or employed.  It's about placing insiders in jobs to steer lucrative DISD & county contracts to those willing to pay him for it.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@James080 Technically he is a slave driver, which was the slave equivalent of an overseer. Rare, but they did occur. 

If he was a plantation master no one would look into his books.

DisruptedDISD
DisruptedDISD

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

And just why exactly do you think that Miles is educating the children of DISD? 

He is implementing a Mickey Mouse, ineffective program which provides more jobs for highly paid administrators and less teachers in the classroom.  Have you spoken to the many, many students who have had nothing but permanent subs as their teachers this year in core classes?  How is it that those children are being educated?

A student said it well at the March board of trustees meeting:  "How can you expect results when you don't give us teachers?"

Read what is happening in Patterson, New Jersey, another district which is following Miles' strategy with no success:  http://www.patersonea.org/PEA/PEA_NEWS_files/P.E.A.%20News%20for%20January%2017,%202013.pdf

Daniel
Daniel

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul John Wiley Price had never heard of a black hole -- he thought it was a racist slur. The guy simply doesn't know what an education even is.

teacher
teacher

Which unfortunately implies that teachers are NOT on their side. As if we're all in this for the fat paychecks and laid back work days. 

And, also unfortunately, every single one of these megalomaniacs will say they're "on the side of thousands of kids."

But your point is taken.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@ebailey75057 I do not recall suggesting breaking the DISD up along north and south boundaries-perhaps several smaller districts -after all look at the gerrymandered state (and local) electoral districts we have been blessed with.   Apparently you are happy with the dis-functionality of the DISD over the past decade plus?  Perhaps you are happy with the status-quo?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @mcdallas I don't know about JWP, but JWP, Jr. is a pastor at a south Dallas church that makes a claim on christianity.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@DisruptedDISD @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

Hmmm, sounds like I touched a sore spot.

In my opinion DISD is an ineffective organization without any accountability, politically corrupt, financially corrupt and has absolutely no sense of team work.

From what I have learned in the media reports, a "DISD education" is an oxymoron and what students do succeed are the exception rather than the rule.

The concept and goal of "college readiness" is a red herring that will never be achieved because, quite simply, the majority of DISD students have neither the talent nor the inclination for a "college degree".  DISD is not and should not be a college preparatory school.  While there are DISD students who are capable of succeeding in a college environment, the magnet schools should provide this preparation.  DISD should be preparing all students to be fully functioning members of society.

Where DISD fails its students is that the dropout rate is unacceptable and the concept of teaching to the standardized tests is the escape route of the  lazy and indifferent.


What should be DISD's goal is the education of Dallas's youth that are capable of:

1) Critical thinking

2) Literacy

3) Development of the common social bond of our heritage

4) Equipped with the capabilities to function in society and contribute to society.


Until you rearrange complaints to focus on what DISD should be doing instead of bitching about the Superintendent, then I will listen to you.  I have heard nothing but complaints from the "teachers" about DISD managment for the past 25 years.

ptmoore2012
ptmoore2012

@DisruptedDISD @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul 

If Price wants to offer a better plan for fixing the problems at DISD I'm all ears. Even considering him as a source I would keep an open mind to constructive suggestions or ideas from other successful districts. But Price is out for Price and hasn't had a serious policy proposal in decades. 


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@teacher the teachers dont seem to know whose side to be on.  all these so called "leaders" have all the teachers speaking out about so many different issues that everyone forgets its about educating the kids, unfortunately is seems more about the agenda

ahoy
ahoy

@James080 @ahoy I think it makes him more of an extortionist.  Do it my way or I'll make things difficult for you. 

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