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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."

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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.

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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.

The Dallas Independent School District graduated a record number of students this year, according to numbers released by the district Wednesday.

DISD reports that 7,302 students received diplomas in June - the highest number in 31 years. That's 345 more students than graduated in 2012 and more than 1,600 graduates since 2007.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that DISD trustees want to hire former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to review whether proper protocol was followed in a request for proposals from groups that provide parent education services.

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The Dallas School Board has adopted a $1.2 billion budget that leaves intact some of the superintendent’s controversial projects despite attempts to de-fund them. The budget will also cover a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and support staff.

At their first meeting since three top DISD leaders quit their posts, Dallas school trustees could discuss the future and possible elimination of the superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

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After just three months on the job, the Dallas school district’s most recent communications chief, Rebecca Rodriguez, has quit. Her resignation is effective immediately.

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Two more top chiefs in DISD Superintendent Mike Miles’s cabinet are leaving. At the same time, Miles announced the promotion of four employees who will become cabinet members.

A senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law says "Dallas is, by far, the most aggressive in the state of Texas, and Texas is way more aggressive than any other state". The group joined 'Texas Appleseed' and 'Disability Rights Texas' in filing the complaint.

Dallas School Board member Mike Morath was scheduled to give this year’s graduation speech to Woodrow Wilson seniors. But he offered something a little different.

Update, 6:20 p.m.: Former Dallas schools Chief of Staff Jerome Oberlton was released on a $25,000 bond Tuesday after pleading not guilty to charges of accepting kickbacks while he worked for Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel, Oberlton's partner in the scheme they're both accused of participating in, also was released on bond, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Dallas School Superintendent Mike Miles tells KERA that it's time to review and improve the process for hiring his cabinet members. This follows the resignation of yet another top administrator: his chief of staff, Jerome Oberlton.

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Another chief of staff for the Dallas school district superintendent has resigned. This latest chief says he anticipates being named in a federal indictment.

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DISD says  nearly 300 teachers received termination notices today after a school board vote last night.

Seven of the nine board members voted in favor of terminating the teachers and two DISD principals. Trustees Carla Ranger and Bernadette Nutall cast the dissenting votes.

The principals are being fired under a controversial  plan by Superintendent Mike Miles that requires them to meet new benchmarks.

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