Two More of Mike Miles' Cabinet Members Are Leaving Dallas ISD

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Kevin Smelker and Charles Glover
The announcement dispatched by Dallas ISD a few minutes ago about the restructuring of Superintendent Mike Miles' top staff describes it as "a reorganization of the district's academic operations" that will give four current mid-level administrators a chance to prove themselves at the top.

Miles is quoted as saying he's "thrilled to have such strong candidates inside the district" and that he felt it "important to diversify the senior administrative team with internal talent that has served the district with distinction."

It's a bit further down the page that DISD breaks the real news: Two more of Miles' cabinet members, Chief Talent Officer Charles Glover and Chief of Operations Kevin Smelker are leaving the district.

Glover, who came from Teach for America, will take a job with an outfit called Bellwether Education Partners. Smelker, who followed Miles to Dallas, will be retiring and moving back to his home and family in Colorado.

The good news for Miles is that neither Glove nor Smelker appear to be the target of a federal criminal investigation, a la former Chief of Staff Jerome Oberlton, who was indicted on charges of receiving kickbacks in Atlanta earlier this month. The bad news is, Miles' cabinet has lost its doors, shelves, hinges and most of its content in recent months.

We all remember Jennifer Sprague, of course, the communications chief who gave up $180,000 so she could explore other career paths. Oberlton's would-have-been predecessor, Leonardo Caballero, decided to stay in Beaumont. His actual predecessor, former interim superintendent Alan King, resigned after apparently concluding he didn't want to work in Miles' administration. The chief financial officer, Rene Barajas, quit in April after just three months on the job. For the sake of space, we won't even delve into the assistant superintendents and executive directors who were forced out or lured elsewhere.

This all makes it look like Miles is at sea in a sieve, but it's not like his entire cabinet has abandoned ship. Chief Academic Officer Ann Smisko and Chief of School Leadership Sylvia Reyna are still on board. At least for now.

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anon
anon

People like Glover are the reason I will never respect Teach for America. An opportunist if ever there was one. He took a high paid administrative job and then will ditch before he's had time to actually make a difference as long as it's the right opportunity for him. But I'm not surprised or shocked because this is the attitude that Teach for America instills in its employees.

MisterMean
MisterMean

DISD -same old song.    Nothing changes. 

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

wcvemail
wcvemail

One name from the past has gone untraced for too long. Where is Yvonne Gonzales these days? A quick Google only yielded that she should have been out of prison for several years now, but nothing else. Did she have the grace to go live quietly?

observist
observist topcommenter

Smelker and Glover are leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities... and necks.

Undertheradar
Undertheradar

Yeah, and at our school we're thrilled that Miles and his hit men are improving student learning by cutting us from four to three core course teachers, have pushed out ( through termination or desire for a sane work environment) all but one language arts teacher, Chair of another core department, several business teachers, and several more if they just hear back on interviews. And this is at an Exemplary middle school that started with only about 32 teachers. Should we trust Miles to fill these positions with Qualified Teachers when he can't even keep his highly paid cabinet? And is it an accident that among those forced out here were four of the most highly paid?

He's a huckster. Hinajosa may have been a hypocrite but the guy managing for $50k from the mountains would do less damage than Miles. We'll need FEMA assistance or end up placed on the toxic clean up list when he leaves.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

Ummm, Eric, you need to talk to Schutze because I think you’ve got this all wrong.

According to Jim, Miles is the real deal.  A true blue reformer that everyone who knows anything about education should know it golly gee dang great.  We all have to get behind Miles.

Miles is so wonderful, that none of his top staff would leave.  That’s just ridiculous.  It’s only lazy, good for nothing teachers and principals who leave the DISD.

Seriously Eric, you must have your facts wrong.  Talk to Jim, quick.  You need to correct this.

ruddski
ruddski

Tell ya what, for a mere 50K/year, I'll run DISD by sitting up here in the hills fishing and kayaking and generally having fun, while doing absolutely nothing at all related to Dallas schools. I might not improve them, but they sure cant get much worse, and Dallas saves a bundle.

Or, since Mexico is reclaiming Northern Mexico now, just give them the school system as a gift.

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

@bbetzen No. Apparently NO ONE IS LISTENING! Which is hard to believe until you consider that Miles was hired by the money people to help them make money. When the money flow stops, THEN THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY!

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@PrestonHoller 

I think Jim has just been trying to evaluate Miles without bias.  My main take from his articles is "give him a chance because we've run every other superintendent out of town so maybe something is wrong with us".  I'm sure if he turns out to be truly bad and/or corrupt, Jim will call him out on it.  

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @Honeybee Usually, DISD loses about 7-800 per year. This year, it is expected to be 2-3 times that, but Miles' has been saying all along that a "churn" of 20-30% is okay with him--and expected.

So, in other words, "I will pretend I am driving out the bad, when in reality, I am driving out those who know I am a charlatan."

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

@JimSX  Holy cow, Jim, are you that daft?   You call this "turnover"?  1700 to 1800 have quit this summer.  Let that sink in old man.  Miles' antics have caused almost 2000 teachers to leave.  And those are the good ones -- the ones that can find other teaching jobs.  That isn't "turnover".  That is mass exodus.  More importantly, Miles' staff is jumping ship.  They see this is a sinking ship and want to get the hell out of dodge before the stigma of being associated with him kills any job opportunities elsewhere.

JMFitzmaurice
JMFitzmaurice

Not like this. When an "outfit" of any kind has his kind of turnover it is a sogn of a real problem. What would we think if a presidnet lost this percentage of his cabinet in the first year? I think we would be talkimg about a sinking ship, not an "outfit" with turnover.

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