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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.


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.


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.


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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Seven of the nine Dallas school board trustees voted to terminate the principals of Madison and Roosevelt high schools Thursday night.

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Members of the Dallas School District’s first-ever “Fellows Academy” just graduated. The Academy was created by Superintendent Mike Miles to custom- train future principals. It is focused on helping principals become better leaders.

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Grief counselors will be on campus at Guzick Elementary in Pleasant Grove on Monday after a child was found left in a car in the school parking lot Friday afternoon.

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Dozens of Madison High School students in South Dallas walked out of class today. 

They joined some parents in protesting the possible firing of their principal, Marian Willard.  

They’re concerned Willard is among Dallas principals who would lose her job under Superintendent Mile Miles’ new performance plan for campus administrators.

“We don’t want her to leave. She is a great principal. She came to this school and turned it around when no one else could,” said student Monicea Barnes as she waved a sign that said “save our principal”

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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.

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School board elections rarely attract much attention. That means wealthy donors and political action committees - PACs - can sway outcomes. Here's how the three biggest contributors are  trying to do that in the May 11  DISD elections.


Seven candidates are running for three Dallas School Board seats.  We asked them:

  • Why are you best equipped to serve your district?
  • How do you rate Superintendent Mile Miles performance?
  • What changes would improve student education
  • What role should charter schools should play in the district. 


Rene Barajas, who became the Dallas Independent School District’s Chief Financial Officer in January, has resigned to return to his former school district in Garland.

Superintendent Mike Miles made the announcement on Wednesday in a press release saying that Barajas is going to be Garland ISD’s Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations. Before going to DISD, Barajas spent five years as Garland ISD’s chief financial officer.

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The first two-day Summit on the Education of African American Students in DISD this past weekend got people thinking and talking about one of the most pressing issues, but the real challenge will be what comes out of that conversation, say those who attended.

“It’s always a great exercise to have a discussion about education, and it’s always a great exercise to talk about the inequities, but to me what’s most important is the action,” says Sherasa Thomas, a former teacher who now works as an education consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Update: Cause Of Death

The Dallas County medical examiner's office on Friday ruled the Mount Auburn Elementary School student's death accidental due to food asphyxia. The boy has been identified as Manny Ramirez.

Our Original Post: 

A four-year-old boy died Thursday morning after choking on his lunch at school.

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Dallas School superintendent Mike Miles says the district is looking to increase school security in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. He appeared Monday on KERA’s talk show Think, and admits he's learned some tough lessons after last week's internal audit of his hiring practices.

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The Dallas School Board has adopted the final internal audit report that found nothing illegal in controversial reimbursements and hires made at the behest of the superintendent. Mike Miles says he will do better.  Teachers are not pleased.                                       

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Dallas school board members will discuss the final audit report of controversial expenses tied to employees hired by Superintendent Mike Miles. Trustees could also take action at tonight’s meeting.

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Dallas Independent School District social workers and counselors, like Jazmin Greenwood,  were ready at schools Monday for any students who were distressed or worried about Friday’s school shootings.


Dallas School Board President Lew Blackburn says if pay-for-performance goals are good for teachers, they should apply to highly paid cabinet members recently hired by Superintendent Mike Miles.


Dallas School Trustee Bernadette Nutall says she’s worried the DISD may have broken its own audit rules or even the law when Superintendent Mike Miles hired new employees and the district paid some of their expenses.  Miles says nothing untoward happened.  

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a rare Dallas visit Tuesday, and praised improving graduation rates here. But he said there’s much more to do, urging direct school involvement by community leaders and faster education reforms.

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Updated at 11:45 a.m.: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had some encouraging words this morning as Dallas schools compete for up to $30 million in federal money.


DISD Superintendent Mike Miles' choice for chief of staff, Leonardo Caballero, has decided not to come to Dallas. 

He was supposed to start his new job December 10 at a salary of $180,000.

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For the first time, at least 10 percent of kids in more than 100 school districts nationwide are in charter schools. Dallas is one of those districts, according to a new report funded by charter schools. But while charter advocates are enthusiastic, some Dallas ISD teachers are not impressed.

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles wants up to $30 million federal dollars in Race to the Top money. The Department of Education funds were initially available to states, but Texas did not apply.