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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.

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In the battle to keep students in school, experts often target the ends of the educational spectrum: early childhood, when kids pick up basic skills, and high school, when most dropouts happen. But some are starting to look in a different direction – the middle.

Among ‘Best Cities,’ We’re No. … 41

Sep 27, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas 41st in 50 best cities list, healthy food gets trashed in schools, and more.

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This is the first day of school and is also a day of rebirth for some teachers in Dallas. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on how a winning team of educators have taken their talents to a brand-new campus.

School buses delivering students to the first day of classes in the city of Dallas are equipped with an extra safety feature. They now have cameras that will catch and ticket cars that run the “stop arm” and drive past the bus unloading students.

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Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles spoke to thousands of DISD teachers at the first district-wide convocation in at least 4 years. He opened by dancing with students, then spoke for about an hour presenting his goals for teachers, principals and students.

Dallas School Board members are working on the evaluation plan for new Superintendent Mike Miles. The plan will outline goals the superintendent must meet to earn up to $200,000 in bonus money.

On his first official day as Dallas’s new Superintendent, Mike Miles called it a great day, thanks in part to higher graduation rates for the fourth straight year.

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles is officially on the job as of Sunday.

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The Dallas School Board unanimously approved a $1.16 billion budget for next year, smaller than this year’s amount because of state funding cuts. Trustees also plan on giving teachers a raise, but not for another year.

Despite the DISD’s billion dollar plus budget, Dallas and nearly every district in Texas say it’s been a tough year financially. That’s because the state cut education dollars by $5.4 billion last year. So Dallas’s 2012-2013 budget is $23 million smaller than the year just ended.

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The Dallas School Board votes on next year’s budget at tonight’s meeting. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports there are fewer dollars than there used to be.

The Dallas Independent School District has launched a week of town hall meetings on the upcoming budget of more than a billion dollars.

Texas ranks near the bottom when it comes to states getting nutritious, summer meals to low-income students. Many contend that it doesn't need to be that way, because free meals are offered to all North Texans 18 or under.

Incoming Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles defended his moves so far, including hiring his communications director for more than twice her salary in Colorado Springs.

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Across north Texas, school will be out for the summer by the end of today. Many districts ended yesterday, including DISD. Emotions ran high at one Dallas school, because it will not re-open in the fall.

DISD's Mike Miles Explains Changes

May 22, 2012
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New Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles today explained why he’s downsizing his administration. He says it’s his first step towards improving instruction.

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Dozens of upper-level DISD administrators could lose their jobs as new Superintendent Mike Miles restructures his leadership team.

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The incoming leader of Dallas schools has announced an overhaul that means dozens of staffers must reapply for a chance to keep their jobs.

All three school board candidates endorsed by a young Dallas political action committee won seats on Saturday. 

New Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles gave his first presentation to the school board Thursday. He's got some ambitious goals, and he hopes to achieve them by the end of the decade. 

Miles said he wants 90 percent of DISD students to graduate by the year 2020 and wants 60 percent to score at least a 21 on the ACT college entrance exams.  He said only some 13 percent achieve that score now. 

For the first time, the Dallas School District’s Talented and Gifted Magnet High School is the best high school in the country, according to today’s U.S. News and World Report. Townview’s Science and Engineering magnet is number three.

School board elections notoriously draw few voters. But there's a new Dallas political action committee with a lot of money that could sway the election May 12.

It’s official. The Dallas School Board hired Mike Miles last night as DISD’s new Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Miles will tackle his duties even sooner than the scheduled July 1st start date.

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Texas health insurance customers will get about 185 million dollars in rebates this summer.

Mike Rawlings is endorsing three candidates for Dallas School Board. As a “citizen," he says, not as mayor. KERA’s BJ Austin says one political analyst believes the mayor is stretching the city’s ethics code.

The Texas Education Agency says it’s re-evaluating the way it approves tutoring companies who bill millions in federal dollars for services. KERA’s Bill Zeeble follows up on last week’s DISD report of alleged fraud by some companies.

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An auditing firm hired by the Dallas Independent School district says it has uncovered falsified documents linked to significant fraud through tutoring services. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports hundreds of students who needed help may never have received it.

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One of the fastest growing charter school operators in north Texas is Uplift Education. This August, it’ll open its first Fort Worth schools and its newest Dallas campus in Deep Ellum. KERA Bill Zeeble wondered, who is Uplift Education?

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