NAACP Wants DISD Superintendent Mike Miles To Go, Others Disagree

May 8, 2013

NAACP members and other community leaders spoke out against DISD Superintendent Mike Miles on Wednesday and said the school board should fire him.
NAACP members and other community leaders spoke out against DISD Superintendent Mike Miles on Wednesday and said the school board should fire him.
Credit Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Some local groups are squaring off over Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles' plan to evaluate principals and terminate those who aren't measuring up.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Dallas NAACP members and other community leaders said Miles must go.

Joyce Foreman, president of the Black Coalition to Maximize Education, said she wants proof Miles' ideas work.

"If anyone can show me and others where Mr. Miles has been successful in his disruptive approach to education, I'm open to listening," Foreman said.

Not everyone agrees with the sentiments shared by the NAACP and other community leaders. Local LULAC President Rene Martinez said he was backing Miles because the new accountability measures are needed.

 "I'm defending parents and kids," he said. "I'm not defending people for their jobs."

Miles could not be reached for comment. But last week, as criticism of his education reform plans began to build, Miles said it was expected because he's bringing much-needed change to the district.