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Employees need one more “yes” vote, union boss says

Aimee Bolender, president of Alliance AFT, continues to push for support employees to get a raise in this coming budget cycle. Teachers will get their regular step increase, but it’s looking like...

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Back-to-school kick off planned

Campus employees will be welcomed back to DISD on Aug. 20 with a rally at American Airlines Center. Central staffers won’t be able to attend the festivities — the AAC can’t hold all the district’s...

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Comstock may dodge the (low performing) bullet

I just found out that DISD may cancel a town hall meeting at Comstock Middle School on Thursday. The meeting was set up to discuss a contigency plan in case the school is closed by the state for low...

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Parents hesitant to leave low-performing schools

I attended a town hall meeting last night at Samuell High School, which is expected to be low-performing for a fourth consecutive year this summer. The meeting was held to discuss a contingency plan...

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DISD administrators select least liked option for Spruce

Hey there Timberwolves, the dreaded “Option A” that you most disliked to reform your campus is the one DISD administrators will recommend to trustees for approval at Thursday’s meeting. Read the...

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Remember CEP? It’s back in the news.

Those who’ve been around Dallas for at least six years will remember CEP (Community Education Partners), a for-profit company that ran a big alternative center for DISD. DISD officials had all kinds of...

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Attending Thursday’s board meeting? Expect dual protests and a crowd.

Here’s advice for all planning to attend tomorrow’s 5:30 p.m. board meeting: Show early! The parking lot and board auditorium will be packed. Aliance AFT is planning a demonstration at 4:15 p.m....

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Remember Hector Montenegro? He’s in hot water.

Arlington Superintendent Hector Montenegro — DISD’s former deputy superintendent of instructional services (2001-03) — will find out tomorrow night if he will be placed on paid administrative leave by...

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Former Booker T. student drowns

Christopher Elizardo, a 2007 Booker T. Washington graduate in the theater department, drowned in a New Hampshire river. Apparently, he got caught in a current and swept away while swimming with a...

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School ratings are in …

UPDATED 4:03 P.M. For the second year in a row the Dallas ISD was rated Academically Acceptable, obtained via a state “exception” which forgave the district’s low graduation and high drop out rates....

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Autospy results are in for Booker T. student found dead

The long awaited autopsy and toxicology reports are in for James Dante Kings, the 17-year-old Booker T. student who was found dead on an Austin freeway from an apparent hit-and-run during a school...

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Spruce staff revved up and ready to go

The virtually new Spruce High School staff just got out of a staff meeting and is enthused about beginning the school year afresh. Those of you who keep up on DISD happenings know that Spruce has been...

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Spruce parents lose first round

An 11th-hour attempt by some parents to keep DISD from moving students from Spruce High School has failed. But the group is still moving forward with their lawsuit. Check out the story. To read the...

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Mad scientist on the loose at North Dallas High!

Oops, no mad scientist, but a science teacher whose experiment went a bit awry. The experiment involved a burner, isopropyl alcohol and some boxes — and presto, fire. Students were filed out of the...

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Teachers union threatening restraining order

Alliance-AFT president Aimee Bolender said that if DISD moves forward with staff cuts, her organization will seek a temporary restraining order. She said the board will be violating its policy if it...

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Can the DISD budget fiasco get any worse? Possibly.

More employees could be laid off than expected. We’re hearing from a good source that 1,209 employees would be let go if the board approves to have a reduction in force at today’s 3 p.m. meeting. The...

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The NAACP wants DISD chief fired

The NAACP is asking that Superintendent Michael Hinojosa resign. Read the letter after the jump. … [visit site to read more]

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Fix the budget problems — or else, TEA commissioner warns Hinojosa

TEA Commissioner Robert Scott talked to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa several times Thursday night about DISD’s budget shortfall, said TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe. In a nutshell, Mr. Scott isn’t...

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DISD extends voluntary resignation deadline

DMN reporter Kathy Goolsby reports that employees still trying to decide whether to take the voluntary layoff have an extra day to make up their minds, according to DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander. The...

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DISD hires outside firm to review fake SSN practice

DISD is asking for an independent review of its recently ended practice of giving false social security numbers to foreign citizens who were hired to work as teachers. The district has asked former...

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DISD cancels afterschool activities …

… due to ice, naturally. The press release: The Dallas Independent School District has canceled all of today’s scheduled after-school activities and programs including evening classes, adult basic...

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Should Mayor Leppert run DISD?

Check out today’s story about Mayor Leppert exploring ways to possibly take control of DISD. The mayor is mum on the issue, but everyone else is talking. Is this a good … [visit site to read more]

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Is it time to split DISD? A state rep. thinks so.

In a show of what can only be frustration with Dallas ISD, Democratic state Rep. Yvonne Davis has filed a bill that would break up the district. Davis’ bill, first reported on Dallas school trustee...

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Lincoln HS principal disciplined over coach’s paddling incident.

Lincoln High School principal Earl Jones has been handed a 20-day suspension without pay and reassignment to another campus next school year over a situation that involved a coach paddling a student,...

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TEA investigating Lincoln paddling incident

The Texas Education Agency has launched an investigation into the Lincoln High School paddling incident. TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said today that the agency would look into the actions of...

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Hillcrest evacuated

Hillcrest High School was evacuated this afternoon after security personnel attempted to break up a fight by using pepper spray that ended up getting into the school’s ventilation system. Four Six...

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DISD trustees postpone vote on cutting learning center funding

haftpflichtversicherung test 'm here at the DISD school board meeting where trustees just decided to postpone voting on the controversial recommendation to cut learning center budgets. The vote was...

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Swine flu strikes close to home

Richardson ISD's Canyon Creek is closed for the rest of the week after a student tested positive for swine flu. And two other students at the school are suspected of having contracted the virus. Read...

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UIL suspends all events

The UIL has decided to postpone all events for about two weeks because of the swine flu outbreak. I don't know yet what impact this will have on competitions outside of sports. If you know of any...

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DISD has first case of swine flu

DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander just confirmed that a student at Daniel Webster Elementary has tested positive for swine flu. The Oak Cliff school will close until at least May 11, but will remain open...

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DISD trustees were not authorized to extend terms, AG rules

The ruling is in. The Texas Attorney General has ruled that the DISD school board “was not authorized to change the length of its members' terms of office after December 31, 2007.” Remember trustees...

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Civil rights groups call press conference over trustee terms

In response to yesterday’s Attorney General ruling that DISD trustees were not authorized to extend their terms from three years to four, Accion America and the NAACP have called a press conference at...

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DISD trustees take "appointment" option off the table

The district just posted the board agenda for Thursday. It looks like the option to appoint individuals to three board seats is no longer on the table. The only option on the agenda up for vote is to...

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Breaking News: TEA says funding cuts not needed at seven magnet campuses

DISD is saying tonight that seven magnet campuses — that are considered overfunded — can be excluded from a comparability test used by the district to determine which campuses are not equitable. That...

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Hinojosa delivers big news about Spruce and Samuell!

DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa just delivered some big news at his monthly meeting with the press. According to preliminary TAKS numbers, Spruce High School will definitely make it off the...

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DISD Intake Center staffers let go

Judith Homs-Tomes, supervisor of DISD’s Intake Center, the gateway to immigrant families new to the district, just told me that today she and five other employees in the seven-person operation were...

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Department of Ed official refers to DISD proposed cuts as “radical”

If you’ve been following the controversial proposal to cut funding at DISD’s magnet campuses/learning centers, you’ll find this posting interesting. Paul Brown, a program analyst with the U.S....

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Medrano is Board President! Blackburn 1st VP and Ranger 2nd VP.

Wow! DISD trustees just held board officer elections. Adam Medrano is the new board president. Lew Blackburn took the 1st VP seat — and Carla Ranger has finally landed a board officer position and is...

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Cuts at magnet schools and learning centers: We’ve got the breakdown

I just got a copy of a spreadsheet showing how many positions the magnet schools and learning centers will lose or gain. Last week, DISD was talking about those special campuses losing 276 positions....

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Breaking news: 8th graders at Lang to retake math TAKS test.

DISD trustee Ron Price just told me that he was notified today that all 8th graders at Lang Middle School will have to retake the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills — this...

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Possible promotions for Goodsell and Sanchez?

I just got word from a school board member that Superintendent Michael Hinojosa plans to appoint Bryan Adams principal Cynthia Goodsell and Adamson principal Rawly Sanchez to executive director...

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BREAKING NEWS: DISD expands Lang MS investigation — scores for 8th graders drop

DISD just released information on the Lang Middle School TAKS math retake for 8th grade students. The passing rate for the math exam decreased by 36 percentage points. More on that later… The other...

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Proposals to name DISD schools for Sotomayor, Obama to be considered

On next week’s board briefing agenda is a proposal to name new … [visit site to read more]

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Breaking news: Hinojosa could face reprimand

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is facing a reprimand after some trustees unknowingly approved an agenda last week that included a $20,000-plus raise for a senior administrator who had been denied the...

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Some Dallas ISD communication employees receive pink slips, must reapply to...

*New information below* Eight  Six  employees in Dallas ISD’s communications department were informed today that they must reapply for new jobs to stay in the district. Communications chief Jennifer...

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Adelfa Callejo, activist and Dallas ISD school’s namesake, has brain cancer

Hispanic civil rights activist and lawyer Adelfa Callejo is fighting cancer, family … [visit site to read more]

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SAT scores drop sharply in Texas

Texas high school students matched their lowest scores on the SAT in more than a decade this year as results dropped in math, reading and writing on the college entrance exam. Students across the...

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Just in: Power outage at E.D. Walker Middle School in North Dallas

Dallas ISD says that parents can pick up their children at E.D. Walker Middle School, which is without power after an outage this morning. A transformer near the school blew. The students were moved to...

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Hispanic college enrollment rises above that of whites, Pew study says

Good news on the college front for Latinos: A record seven-in-ten Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall. That's two percentage points higher than the rate...

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Mesquite ISD board president resigns

Mesquite ISD school board President Phil Appenzeller resigned today, less than a month after he was elected to a three-year term and days before his term as president ended. visit site to read more]

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