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Scapegoat: How Supt. Michael Hinojosa Escaped Blame in the Dallas ISD Credit Card Scandal

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 20, 2007

By Jim Schutze Dallas Observer

Published: September 20, 2007

  • Michael Hinojosa had two years to clean up the credit-card mess.

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Dallas ISD Board Meeting Today Behind Closed Doors Might Violate Texas Open Meetings Act

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A scheduled Dallas ISD meeting of Trustees today raises several questions about the legality of the meeting under the Texas Open Meetings Act.

The Texas Open Meetings Act was passed to protect the right of the public to observe and be fully informed about public business conducted by public bodies.

A discussion of Trustee differences clearly falls within the concept of public business since the discussion relates to the differences of elected Trustees acting in their official role as Trustees.

Any such discussion should be open and public – not secret and hidden.

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Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa To Hold Briefing on Dallas Achieves Program

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Dallas Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa and key staff members will provide an update on the Dallas Achieves! Transformation Plan during a round table briefing on Wednesday, September 12, at 1 P.M., in room 105 of the Dallas ISD Administration Building, 3700 Ross Avenue.

Jack Lowe, president of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees; Marcia Page, President and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; and representatives from Boston Consulting Group will also attend.

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Merit Pay For Teachers Goes To Affluent Schools

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

SENTINEL SPECIAL REPORT

September 9, 2007

At Palm Lake Elementary, two out of three teachers earned a bonus through Orange County Public Schools’ merit-pay plan.

At Richmond Heights Elementary, the number was zero.

Palm Lake is a predominantly white school in the affluent Dr. Phillips area.

Richmond Heights is a predominantly black school in a poverty-stricken pocket of Orlando.

The two schools illustrate a marked disparity in the distribution of merit bonuses to 3,911 Orange County teachers and administrators uncovered in an Orlando Sentinel analysis of the program.

The Sentinel’s review showed that teachers at predominantly white and affluent schools were twice as likely to get a bonus as teachers from schools that are predominantly black and poor.

It wasn’t supposed to work that way.

Florida education officials promised that imbalances along racial or income lines would not happen under the state’s beleaguered and now-defunct merit-pay program known as Special Teachers Are Rewarded, or STAR. Officials said the best teachers could win a bonus no matter where they worked or what they taught.

“It certainly doesn’t inspire much confidence in the system,” said Mark Pudlow, a spokesman with the Florida Education Association, a teachers union.

Among the Sentinel’s findings:

At Orange County’s 39 predominantly white schools, an average of 27 teachers per school won bonuses. Only two of those schools had a majority of students getting free or reduced-price lunches, an indicator of low-income.

At the 38 predominately black schools, an average of 13 teachers per school won. All of those schools had a majority of students receiving subsidized lunches.

At the 31 schools with a mostly Hispanic population, an average of 20 teachers per school got bonuses. Only three were low-income schools.

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Diane Ravitch on Reconsidering Education Views

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.


 

Reconsidering My Views

 

Dear Deb,

I hope we are not disappointing our readers by agreeing more than we disagree. I think I am letting down my part of the bargain by agreeing with you so often, but our areas of convergence became clear from the first time that we sat together almost a year ago to talk about our views about No Child Left Behind. The fact is that you are writing and saying the same things you have believed for a long time, and I am in the process of reconsidering and revising my views on many counts.

I have been doing quite a lot of soul-searching these past couple of years. I don’t think it is because of age, although one can never be too sure about that. I think I am reconsidering first principles because of the very topics that you hit so hard in your latest letter. Living in NYC, I see what happens when businessmen and lawyers take over a school system, attempt to demolish everything that existed before they got there, and mount a dazzling PR blitz to prove that they are successful.

Lest anyone think that what you described is purely a NYC story, consider this: I hear from various people who participated in the judging for the Broad Prize that NYC will win it this year. This is not much of a surprise. When Joel Klein was first named chancellor, Eli Broad held his annual prize event in NYC and handed Klein a huge dummy check and predicted that one day soon this would be his. The $1 million hardly matters to NYC, which has an annual budget that approaches $20 billion, but the prestige is what the city is after. It desperately wants the confirmation from Broad that its new regime has succeeded.

About 18 months ago, I was invited to meet Eli Broad in his gorgeous penthouse in NYC, overlooking Central Park. I hear that he made his billions in the insurance and real estate businesses. I am not sure when he became an education expert. We talked about school reform for an hour or more, and he told me that what was needed to fix the schools was not all that complicated: A tough manager surrounded by smart graduates of business schools and law schools. Accountability. Tight controls. Results. In fact, NYC is the perfect model of school reform from his point of view. Indeed, this version of school reform deserves the Broad Prize, a prize conferred by one billionaire on another.

Thanks for your recommendation about the James Scott book, “Seeing Like a State.” I happen to own it, as it had been highly recommended to me by Morton Keller, a historian at Brandeis University. It is a wonderful critique of reforms that seek to overturn the world, of the arrogance of reformers who do not understand the practical wisdom of those who must make decisions every day that respond to unique situations.

As I read “Seeing Like a State,” especially its concluding chapters, I kept thinking about the wholesale gutting of the NYC school system by Messrs. Bloomberg and Klein, who are now hailed in the media as our nation’s leading education reformers. Professor Scott, an anthropologist at Yale, would find in NYC a perfect exemplar of men who think they can “see like a state.”

Worse, Deb, they seem to have sought out even the cracks in the sidewalk and tried to pave them over. They seem to have succeeded.

Diane

 

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NAACP Agenda: Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa – Dallas Achieves

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
Tuesday, August 07, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
___________________________

AGENDA:

Special Guest: Dr. Michael Hinojosa,
Superintendent – Dallas Independent School District

I. Welcome………………………………………. Mr. Casey Thomas
NAACP President – Dallas

II. Introduction of Dr. Hinojosa………………… Mrs. Nia M. Khepera,
NAACP Education Committee
Chairwoman

III. Presentation by Superintendent……………. Dr. Michael Hinojosa

IV. Question and Answer Session ……………. Nia M. Khepera

– Student Achievement/Academic Performance of African American Students

– Dallas Achieves

– Hiring Practices/Selections & Retention of Quality & Effective AA Personnel

– Leadership/Communication/Community Relations

V. Specific questions…………………………… General Membership/Audience
(See list of questions attached)

VI. Questions from the audience……………… Audience

– Maximum of three audience questions

VII. Closing remarks Casey Thomas

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Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa Speaks on Dallas Achieves at 7 PM NAACP Meeting Today

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Dallas ISD Superintendent Hinojosa will be speak today, August 7, 2007 at the general meeting of the Dallas NAACP.

The topic is Dallas Achieves
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The Dallas Branch meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM
at Thurgood Marshall Rec. Center 5150 Mark Trail

Dallas, Texas 75232


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