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Every Dallas ISD student will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free, the district announced Tuesday.

Nearly 90 percent of students in Dallas public schools qualified for free and reduced-priced meals last year, and district officials say about that many could be eligible this year. Processing that many meal applications costs money, so the district is changing the program by offering free breakfast and lunch to all of its students.

UPDATE:  Dallas School Superintendent Mike Miles survived a vote to fire him Monday night for violating policy and his contract. He’ll get a letter of reprimand and other sanctions instead. 

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Dallas school board members this evening will talk of dismissing or keeping Superintendent Mike Miles, according to their agenda. But they aren’t expected to decide.

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More than 800,000 students whose first language is not English attend Texas public schools. About a quarter of them are in North Texas classrooms. The challenge for many educators is figuring out the best way to teach these students. A hotly-debated question is whether they should learn English through immersion or some other technique such as bilingual education.

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Renowned education reformer Geoffrey Canada told Dallas school and business leaders they could better their own schools with money, hard work and high standards. Canada improved long-failing Harlem schools with his Harlem Children’s Zone, launched in 1983. 

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The Dallas school board talked for four hours Thursday night about the future of superintendent Mike Miles, but came to no decision. Miles told board members he’s ready to “reset” his relationship with them and focus on educating children.

Protesters outside the Dallas School District Administration building called on the school board to fire Miles.

The Board went behind closed doors at 5:42 this evening to hear from the Superintendent for the first time after an independent investigation found he violated district policy in an effort to discredit board members in the media.

Miles has said he wants to renew a good relationship with the Board.

Trustees could decide tonight whether to fire Miles, discipline him, or move on.

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For the first time in more than 35 years, the largest teachers' group in Dallas, Alliance AFT, is calling for the district’s superintendent to be fired.

The demand comes just hours before tonight’s school board meeting, where Mike Miles will be on the hot seat. He'll be responding publicly for the first time to an investigation that found he interfered with an investigation into a district contract, and helped write a letter that criticized board members.

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Dallas’ Alliance-AFT teachers association is holding a press conference this morning to demand that embattled DISD superintendent Mike Miles be fired.

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The Dallas school board will meet Thursday with Superintendent Mike Miles to discuss the findings of the independent investigation by former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins. They gathered in closed session this morning to discuss the Coggins report,  but did nothing, and said little after it ended.

A long line of leaders of Dallas schools has come and gone since August 1884 when a man named W. A. Boles was elected superintendent. KERA’s Shelley Kofler looks at this revolving door of superintendents in a story that aired today.

Disciplinary actions against Dallas Independent School District students rose significantly in the past year, compared to previous years. District officials couldn’t offer a reason why. Trustees had questions and theories.

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Superintendent Mike Miles has just started his second school year in Dallas, and already board members are talking about whether he should stay or go.  

The story has a familiar ring to those who’ve watched the district churn through superintendents, and experts say the succession of short-timers is surely taking a toll on education.

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Critics of Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles again spoke out at Thursday’s school board briefing. It was the first time Miles officially sat with the entire school board since last week’s independent report that found some of his actions could cause his dismissal.

                    

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Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles made his first public appearance Tuesday since the critical Coggins report was delivered to school board members last week. That report looked into allegations against Miles and found “cause for dismissal.” Miles seems unfazed by it.

Vogel Alcove, a longtime champion of homeless children, has found larger digs. The Dallas Independent School District, which has a partnership with the nearly 25-year organization, said today that the group would be moving into the district’s former City Park Elementary School building south of downtown.

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Dallas schools Superintendent Mike Miles twice violated the terms of his contract during an investigation of him, a report turned in Friday concludes. “Under the terms of his employment contract," the report says, "violations of Board policy constitute 'good cause' for dismissal."

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Dallas School District just issued a statement from board president Eric Cowan who says the results of an independent investigation into whether or not Superintendent Mike Miles interfered with a contract would not be shared with the public, at least for now.

In the press release, he says that the report would be delivered to all board trustees and they would be given a chance to read and review the report before any discussion of it.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The final report investigating Dallas Schools Superintendent Mike Miles is done, and former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins turns it in to trustees today. Coggins looked into allegations that Miles interfered with bids to hire a school district contractor. Two companies are at the center of this summer-long saga.    

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A long line of leaders of Dallas schools has come and gone since August 1884 when a man named W. A. Boles was elected superintendent.

In a quarter century, no Dallas school district superintendent has lasted more than six years. Through the years, there have been some retirements, resignations, firings, a few interims and even a prison sentence.

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UPDATE: Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles has raided City Hall and hired the mayor’s Chief of Staff, Paula Blackmon. Her marching orders are to improve relations with elected officials and business leaders.                                      

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The Dallas school board has asked its investigator for more answers before he turns in the final report next month. Trustees say they’re pleased with the investigation so far.

 

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The Dallas school board gets the first round of results Thursday of an investigation into actions by Superintendent Miles. Paul Coggins looked into charges that Miles broke contract rules.  

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Dallas claims more English language learners than any school district in Texas. Despite that, state funding cuts forced the district to close its "intake center" for immigrant families two years ago. But just in time for the new school year, which starts Monday, the center has reopened.

The state’s new school accountability system came out last week and many folks are still looking at how schools in their area fared and what it all means. Education Reporter Matthew Haag at The Dallas Morning News points out how four Dallas public schools did what only 22 other Texas schools did — go from the lowest rating of “academically unacceptable” under the previous accountability system to “met standard” under the new ratings. It was the most of any school district.

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Every year, a group of Dallas public school librarians puts out a list of 20 children’s books that are bilingual or in Spanish. The objective is to help other librarians pick out books for the nearly 40 percent of students in the district who don’t speak English or speak it well. Since this initiative began in 2006, the list has gotten the attention of librarians far beyond the district.

The Texas Education Agency accountability ratings out today reveal that most school districts – 92.5 percent — achieved the new “met standard” rating — the state’s temporary pass-fail system that replaced the exemplary-to-unacceptable scale. Both the Dallas and Fort Worth school systems passed.

 

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  UPDATE The Texas Education Agency accountability ratings reveal most school districts – 92.5% - achieved the new, acceptable rating “Met Standard.” Both Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School Districts “Met Standard.” there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles has told his top staff and board trustees that his wife, Karen, and youngest child, Anthony, plan to move back to Colorado Springs. Miles said in an email Sunday night that the move will help insulate his son, who is going into seventh grade, from negative media coverage.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles has told his top staff and board trustees that his wife, Karen, and youngest child, Anthony, plan to move back to Colorado Springs. Miles said in an email Sunday night that the move will help insulate his son, who is going into seventh grade, from negative media coverage.

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