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KERA is looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its eighth permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the second-largest in the state?

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He’s back. Former Dallas superintendent Michael Hinojosa was unanimously named interim superintendent by the school board late Friday.

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A familiar face is returning to the Dallas Independent School District. Michael Hinojosa is back – as the district’s interim superintendent.  On Friday night, the Dallas school board named Hinojosa the interim leader after Mike Miles resigned last week. 

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Thursday night was supposed to be the last school board meeting for outgoing Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. But he was a no-show. Still, the Dallas school board had plenty to discuss, including a budget vote and a possible bond package.

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles makes his final school board appearance Thursday night.  He announced his resignation on Tuesday. When Miles first arrived in Dallas, he had much different plans.

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A day after he announced his resignation, and a day before he leaves the job, Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles talked with Krys Boyd on KERA’s Think. Miles defended his record and talked about the district moving on.

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Mike Miles, who pushed for controversial reforms in the Dallas Independent School District, announced Tuesday morning that he’s resigning as superintendent. 

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Only about one in three third graders are reading at grade level in Dallas County schools. And that can have big implications down the road since only one in five kids who read below grade level go on to college. A new kind of virtual tutoring aims to tackle that problem even earlier. And the volunteer tutors don’t even have to leave the office.

Dianna Douglas

Thousands of students in North Texas are just one or two tests away from graduating high school. This year’s seniors are the first to have to pass five STAAR tests. So many haven’t passed, that Gov. Greg Abbott just signed a law giving those students a loophole.

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Dallas school board elections Saturday should strengthen the position of Superintendent Mike Miles, just days after he survived another vote to oust him.

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Saturday's municipal elections feature bruising mayoral races, tight city council tilts and tough school board tussles.

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Voters in Dallas will decide between two candidates for mayor Saturday: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

Early voting ends today for Saturday’s municipal elections across North Texas. The top contest on the ballot is for mayor of Dallas: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

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There’s a new after-school club in the Denton school district where kids can play computer games. But they’re not just staring like zombies into screens. This is also an introduction to computer coding. The goal is for kids to learn while having fun.

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The Dallas school board decided to keep Superintendent Mike Miles in a late-night vote Friday. It sent him a “letter of concern” instead. Several trustees who once backed Miles say they now want a succession plan so he’s replaced with as little disruption as possible.

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On Friday at 4 p.m., Dallas school board members will meet to decide the future of superintendent Mike Miles.

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Dallas County Judge Carl Ginsberg has ordered Dallas school board president Miguel Solis and the Dallas ISD  to schedule a meeting on Friday on the future of Superintendent Mike Miles.

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Three trustees from the Dallas Independent School District are suing one of their own -- the board president. 

Dianna Douglas

An elementary school in Dallas is tearing up their grass courtyard, and turning it into a garden of native plant that don’t need a sprinkler system. Cochran Elementary is the first of many schools that will see new landscaping as part of a citywide effort to curb water use.

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When voters to the go polls in Dallas next month, there’s only one school board race without an incumbent. A strong opponent of Superintendent Mike Miles is stepping down. Trustee Elizabeth Jones decided not to run again. The race to replace her pits a Miles fan against a Miles foe.

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The federal government announced last week that it is investigating Dallas County for how it arrests and prosecutes students who miss school. More than 20,000 children and their parents were caught up in the truancy courts in Dallas County last year, in what the Department of Justice called a “school-to-prison pipeline."

Dianna Douglas

Recent pep rallies at elementary schools across Dallas have included a little gift for every kid in attendance -- a T-shirt with the name of their local high school and the year they’ll graduate.

Suspensions Fall Out Of Favor For Texas Educators

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Suspending rowdy students has long been a popular way for schools to keep order in their classrooms. New research shows that this punishment is counterproductive and is administered unequally to minorities and kids with disabilities.

Dianna Douglas

The Dallas Independent School District was recently commended by the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance for putting athletic trainers at all 23 of its high schools over the last two years.

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Most North Texas school kids reveled in their third day off in the last two weeks Thursday -- with spring break coming for many next week. But those days off create headaches for districts trying to reschedule snow and ice days.

Dianna Douglas

High school seniors are told early and often to fill out a free application for federal student aid— typically called a FAFSA – to help them pay for college. The problem is that filling out the FAFSA requires tax returns, Social Security numbers for parents, and other data that students generally don’t have at their fingertips. 

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The Commit partnership, an education philanthropy that works in Dallas schools, released its annual scorecard on Tuesday night, with hard numbers about how students in the region are faring. The data cover pre-kindergarten through college graduation, and show a mixed progress report.

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UPDATE: A Dallas schools investigation into an executive with a criminal background continues, and so may a Human Resources audit, even though that department  chief resigned three weeks ago. During Monday’s late night board meeting, trustees discussed the HR scandal and the response by superintendent Mike Miles.

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Dallas school officials want to issue bonds for new or improved buildings – with a twist.  They’re not interested in asking voters for a bond package. Instead, they want to create a corporation that would issue the bonds. The school board discussed this Thursday night and KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the idea has some pluses and minuses. 

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Black and Latino students in Dallas high schools pass the Advanced Placement exams at the highest rate in the country. The story of how Dallas became the national leader in getting underrepresented minorities to pass these classes is a bright spot for the urban school district. 

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