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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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Posted in Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, Dallas ISD P-Card, DISD, DISD Credit Card Scandal, DISD P-Card, DISD Trustees, Education, Education Reform, Public Education, Sherri Brokaw Dallas ISD, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

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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Posted in African American Politics, Black Politics, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas ISD, DISD, DISD Trustees, Education, Jack Lowe, Politics, Public Education, Texas Open Meetings Act, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

A Conversation About Education

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Conversation About Education

Posted in African American Education, Black Education, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, Desegregation, DISD, Dr. James Davis, Education, Education Reform, High-Stakes Testing, J. L. Turner Legal Association, Judge Sam Lindsay, NCLB, No Child Left Behind, Public Education, State Senator Royce West, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, U.S. Supreme Court, Urban Education, Yvonne Ewell Townview Center | Leave a Comment »

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.

Posted in Boston Consulting Group, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, DISD, Education, Education Reform, Foundation For Community Empowerment, Jack Lowe, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

Democrats Running for President Reject Using Test Scores To Pay Teachers

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Candidates Continue To Call for Major Changes to ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON — Democrats running for President reject any mandatory pay-for-performance schemes as part of the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The candidates also reject any plan to tie teacher pay to student test scores. The candidates stated their opposition to merit pay during a nationally televised debate in Des Moines, Iowa, where they also called for universal pre-school and an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.

NEA President Reg Weaver believes the Democratic candidates for president show they understand what it takes to create great public schools for every child. The following statement can be attributed to Weaver:

“The Democratic Presidential candidates have the right instincts on merit pay. Pay for performance — so-called merit pay — undermines the collegial relationship among teachers, and there is no scientific evidence to show that merit pay plans improve student academic achievement.

“The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association hope the positions of the candidates are heard loud and clear by their party’s Congressional leadership.

“Democratic leaders in the US House of Representatives have said publicly that they intend to include pay for performance as an element of a reauthorized No Child Left Behind Act. NEA will oppose any legislative proposal that mandates implementation of a pay for performance plan.

“Teachers are underpaid, and NEA believes America should establish a minimum pay for public school teachers of $40,000, reward teachers who become nationally board certified, and provide additional pay to educators who teach in high poverty schools.”

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Posted in 08' Presidential Election, Dallas Education, Democrat, Education, Education Reform, Elections, NCLB, NEA, No Child Left Behind, Politics, Public Education, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa Live Chat Reveals 3 Undisclosed Meetings With Mayor Tom Leppert

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

12:33 PM CDT on Thursday, August 23, 2007 Dallas Morning News
News Chat Moderator: Hey, everyone. Welcome to today’s chat. Dr. Hinojosa is available to answer your questions, so feel free to start asking!

From E-mail: From Norton Rosenthal: Tom Leppert ran for Mayor saying he wanted to partner with DISD, at the least, be a bully pulpit, if nothing else, for DISD; to support and help DISD in your goal to become the best urban school district in the country.My question is: since he was elected, have you talked to the Mayor, have you and Tom Leppert met? Any plans to get together on a regular basis? How can the city government help DISD? What help would you like to get from the city and its government?

Dr. Michael Hinojosa: I have met with Mayor Leppert three times since he got elected and none of those meetings were media events, which I appreciate. Mayor Leppert spent two hours on a Sunday evening at my executive leadership team retreat outlining specific ideas how we could collaborate. More details will be available in the coming months but I am excited about continuing to partner with the city

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(DBB Note: Why is the Dallas ISD Superintendent having secret/private meetings with the elected Mayor of Dallas without the prior knowledge and approval of the full elected Board of Trustees? The appropriate body for an elected Mayor to meet with or to discuss official school district business can only be the elected Board of Trustees of the District – not the appointed administrator in secret. This appears to be an improper end run around the elected Board of Trustees.)

Posted in African American Education, Black Education, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, DISD, DISD Trustees, Education, Education Reform, Mayor Tom Leppert, Mayoral Takeovers In Education, Public Education, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

The Million Father March 2007

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 4, 2007

 

· A father who actively participates in the educational and social development life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.

· Research shows that children whose fathers take active roles in their educational lives earn better grades, get better test scores, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

· Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers speak and listen to their children regularly and are active in their lives.

· A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to strong family structures.

· Strong family structures produce children who are more centered, academically proficient and socially developed and are a valuable asset to their communities.

· Better parents produce better communities, better schools and better students.

· Fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, step-fathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family can participate in The Million Father March.

· While this event is sponsored by Black men, women and men of all races and faith backgrounds are encouraged to take children to school on their first day of school.

· 200 cities are expected to participate in the Million Father March.

· 2007 is the forth year for the Million Father March.

Tags: Black Families · African American Issues · Education

Posted in African American, African American Education, Black, Black Education, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, DISD, Education, Education Reform, Million Father March, Race, The Black Star Project, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

Dallas Black Blog Endorses Million Father March

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

by Joe Tave – 214-339-4799 – Dallas Organizer

Folks, Project organization is off and running. Efforts to get area ISD’s, interest groups, churches, Pastors groups, businesses, social groups, cities etc. involved have commenced.

Media blitz to take place shortly. If you will sign on as a supporter, endorser, organizer or underwriter, please contact me.”

This Project is more than worthwhile/needed. If you doubt it or just don’t care, trade places with me in my classroom just one day. I get cursed, threatened with physical violence, and more, just trying to teach. Often the school experience is negatively enhanced when mostly mothers, some times fathers, give to you the same prescription that the child gave. Seldom to never do fathers/grandfathers show, but when they do, they confront you aggressively angry, based on lack of facts or misinformation. Add to this fact that male students do not see or have adequate numbers of Black and Brown male teachers as role models, we don’t have a “social and educational crisis”, we are faced with a ” social and educational holocaust “.

This is not my project. I received information about “The Black Star Project”, based in Chicago, dared to ask what can I do make a similar difference in my city, and the “Million Father March” project was availed. The Project is well organized and laid out to a “t”, Mr. Jackson and his staffers, so those of you who care and will help, need but to talk-up and promote the effort.

Think about it. One father/grandfather taking his son/daughter to school 8/27, just might mean one less school discipline problem, one less drop-out, one less potential gang member, or criminal on the streets or one less teen pregnancy. 214.339.4799. Joe

(DBB Note: Joe Tave is to be commended for his volunteer efforts to support this very worthwhile community project.)

Posted in African American, African American Education, Black, Black Education, Dallas Black Blog, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, DISD, Education Reform, Million Father March, Race, The Black Star Project, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »