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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?

Dallas school officials say that for the most part safety procedures during Tuesday’s severe weather went smoothly. No staff or children were injured. But KERA has heard from some parents who say they panicked after their schools told them to pick up their children in the midst of the storm. 

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The Dallas School Board has picked Mike Miles to be the district’s next Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the former Army Ranger and U.S. Diplomat has been the superintendent in Colorado Springs since 2006.

Pending confirmation by trustees after a 21-day waiting period, Mike Miles will be the new superintendent for Dallas ISD. 

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Third through ninth grade public school students take the new STAAR test today, for the first time. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on the “end of course” State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness tests.

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The Dallas School Board gets its first list of superintendent hopefuls from its search firm tomorrow. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports trustees could name a new leader in a month.

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March 9 is the deadline to apply for Superintendent of the Dallas school district. Commentator Jennifer Nagorka attended a recent community engagement meeting that got her thinking about what she wanted in DISD’s next leader.

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The  teacher “sick out” called for today by an anonymous Dallas teacher never materialized, according to the DISD. 

Dallas city council has postponed a vote that would help the Uplift Charter Operation issue bonds to build schools. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports council members want more information before taking up the vote again.

Some Dallas teachers and city council members are challenging a plan to create a city-sponsored non-profit that would help a charter school. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on questions city leaders want answered about Uplift Education.

The Dallas fourth grade teacher suspended because of an email sent to a school board member will be back in class Wednesday.

Joseph Drake sent an email to Board Member Edwin Flores expressing anger over the Board’s vote to lengthen the teacher workday by 45 “unpaid” minutes. Dr. Flores forwarded the email to administrators who put Drake on paid leave for “alleged misconduct.”

Rena Honea is president of the largest Dallas teacher-group, the Alliance-AFT. She’s pleased with Drake’s reinstatement.

Dallas school board member Edwin Flores defended his vote to extend the teacher work day without pay. Last week’s controversial vote has led to fallout from teachers, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble explains.

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