Dallas ISD Kicks Off 'ACE' Plan in Hopes of Improving Some of Its Worst Schools

Mark Graham
Mike Miles
Dallas ISD will extend the school day, offer thousands of dollars in relocation incentives to staff and install new grading policies in an effort to close the achievement gap at six district schools deemed "Improvement Required" campuses by the Texas Education Agency,.

Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, instructors classified as "Distinguished Teachers" by Dallas ISD will be offered $12,000 to move to Annie Webb Blanton Elementary, Roger Q. Mills Elementary, Elisha M. Pease Elementary, Umphrey Lee Elementary, Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center or Sarah Zumwalt Middle School as part of the program, with higher bonuses offered to administrators handpicked to oversee the chosen schools.

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Highland Park Grad Who Sang Racist Chant at OU Fraternity Says He's Sorry

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Levi Pettit
Levi Pettit is sorry. The Highland Park grad, one of two University of Oklahoma students expelled this month for leading their Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers in a racist chant, spoke to reporters at Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City after a closed-doors meeting with community leaders.

"There is no excuse for my behavior," he said. "I never thought of myself as a racist. I never even considered the possibility. But the bottom line is that the words I said in the chant were mean, and hateful and racist. I will be deeply sorry and deeply ashamed of what I have done for the rest of my life."

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Dallas ISD Trustees Want to Crack Down on Settlements for Fired Employees. Bad Idea!

Dallas School Trustee Dan Micciche, probably not sharing his thinking on the costs of negotiated settlements versus full-on litigation.
Hey, can I just ask something? Dallas ISD trustees are slated to discuss a proposal barring pay-outs to terminated or otherwise departing employees unless those settlements have been voted on and approved by the school board. The political message is that the administration has been paying people settlements when it should have just told them not to let the door hit them in the ass.

So have those school trustees - the door-ass contingent - asked the district's lawyers what the history is on litigation where there has been no settlement and no settlement offer? I mean, isn't that the whole question? Or is this strictly about posturing in front of the cameras no matter how much damage it does to the district?

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A Dead Owl Caused Carbon Monoxide Leaks at Lakewood School, So Dads Are Taking Action

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Lakewood Elementary
Tuesday, after a couple dozen kids came home sick on Monday, DISD cancelled school at Lakewood Elementary. Areas at the school -- specifically an art classroom -- contained high levels of carbon monoxide, enough to make kids in the class complain of stomach aches and dizziness. A retired teacher who now volunteers at the school remains in the hospital after being exposed to the carbon monoxide in a copy room near the art class.

DISD maintenance crews found the source of the carbon monoxide eventually: a pipe in one of the school's boilers was blocked by a dead owl.

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Dallas Leadership Teacher Goes on Epic and Vulgar Rant with His Sixth Graders (Video)

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Come for the rant, stay for Heather Hays' righteous indignation.
A teacher at Dallas ISD's Oliver W. Holmes Middle School, identified by students as Sgt. Griffin, is in trouble after a student recorded his highly motivational rant about his students' test scores and lack of decorum in the classroom. He says "fuck" a bunch of times, and the whole thing is pretty inspiring.

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One of the Prime Prep Employees Allegedly Choked by Deion Sanders Is Suing

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Deion Sanders at Prime Prep, waving good-bye as things turned out.
With the recent closing of Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy over a $700,000 debt, it seems fitting, in retrospect, that the first Prime Prep employee to publicly accuse Sanders of assault was the finance guy. Kevin Jefferson was hired by Sanders' co-founder/nemesis, D.L. Wallace, and worked as the chief financial officer until January 2014, when Sanders and his associates staged a successful coup against Wallace and fired everyone he hired.

The school has since been shuttered, but the feud between the school's adult leadership lives on. Jefferson is now suing Uplift Fort Worth, the non-profit that theoretically governed Prime Prep, over his firing and the assault. The complaint, filed December 31 and first reported by The Dallas Morning News, says that he "seeks damages more than $50,000." Good luck with that.

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George W. Bush Will Speak at SMU's Graduation, Will Be Awesome

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Southern Methodist University
George W. Bush helps break ground on his presidential library.
SMU announced on Tuesday that George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, is going to give its 2015 commencement address. It's G-Dub's second time to get the gig at the school -- he regaled grads as governor in 1999 -- a first for SMU.

Given Bush's track record as a public speaker during his presidency, all the bravado and malapropisms, there was a time when it would have been fun to mock SMU for its choice, but now, today, in 2015: He's perfect for it.

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Dallas ISD Trustee Joyce Foreman Got in a Weird and Heated Facebook Fight, then Deleted It

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Joyce Foreman
Even among the staunchest critics of Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles, trustee Joyce Foreman stands out in her relentless pursuit of his head. And lately, her anti-Miles advocacy has targeted the basic needs of schools and schoolchildren: She's voted against things as mundane and necessary approving monthly financial statements and buying new lawnmower blades. She's voted against accepting grant funds and an early childhood home visitation program done in cooperation with the United Way.

Over the weekend, Foreman proved how committed she is to ousting Miles and abandoning all reason and decorum in the process: She spent five hours arguing with anonymous Dallas gadfly Wylie H.

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Saginaw ISD Officials Tell Teacher Her "Female Bleeding" Is Caused By Anxiety, Are Not Doctors

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According to Leviticus, if a woman has an issue, and that "issue in her flesh be blood," then she is unclean. She must present a priest with two turtle doves or young pigeons in order to make things right.

At the Eagle Mountain‐Saginaw Independent School District, if an employee is experiencing "female bleeding," then she is anxious. Before she returns to work, she must sit down with a school-appointed psychiatrist. The approaches are similar, except that Leviticus was written gazillion years ago, before people knew anything, while the latter approach appears to still be in use as Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD's unofficial female bleeding policy.

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Deion Sanders Earned a $50,000 Salary at Prime Prep but Donated $130,000

Amy Silverstein
When Prime Time wasn't admitting to choking his employees or threatening to throw chairs at them and break their necks, he displayed a generous side. In Prime Prep's final year, co-founder Deion Sanders donated $132,937 to the school.

The former Cowboys star worked at the school in an official capacity as the athletic director and was on payroll up until Prime Prep's closure. His annual salary was $49,999, more than what the teachers made but not as high as the salary of, say, ex-superintendent Ron Price, who took in a salary of $92,700 before leaving. But it appears from the school's banking register, released to us through an open records request, that Sanders donated nearly triple the amount of his salary back to the school.

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