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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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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 »

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.)

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NAACP Discussion Questions for Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

National Association of Colored People (NAACP)

Discussion Questions for Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District – Monday, August 7, 2007
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Student Achievement:

Question 1.

How do you plan to involve the parents and community in improving student achievement to grade level and above proficiency, particularly in low performing schools that are in low income neighborhoods?

Question 2.

Do you plan to support and / or expand In-District Charter Schools as a strategy for improving student achievement ? If so, how and when? If not, why not? This seems to be an effective way of holding campus instructional teams accountable for teaching and learning. Principal and teachers tend to take ownership, support and implement strategies they select or create.

Question 3.

Do you plan restructuring of major programs such as Curriculum & Instruction; Training/Development; Sub-District configurations in an effort to improve student achievement?

A. Do you plan to add any new programs or strategies to increase student achievement in low performing schools? If so, what?

B. Do you plan to reduce or streamline any programs to support other low performing schools? If so what?

Page 2. Questions for Superintendent

Question 4.

In order to improve student achievement, do you plan to assign some of the most successful teachers and principals to low performing schools to assure equity in teaching and learning across the entire district.

A. If so, when and how will we be informed of the efforts?

B. If so, what will be done to ensure a smooth transition?

Question 5.

How do you plan to ensure that professional development is implemented for each campus- based needs identified by teachers and principals?

Questions 6.

Are you familiar with the commitments the DISD’s Board of Education made with regards to the Desegregation Court Ordered program strategies that were successful in improving student achievement, such as Early Childhood Education (Prek-Grade 3)?

A. What are your plans for supporting the Board in their efforts to keep their commitment?

B. Do you plan to hold staff accountable for the commitments?

Page 3. Questions for Superintendent

Communications/Community Relations/Partnerships:

Question 7.

How do you plan to keep parents and community informed regarding on-going program progress, needs, changes and successes?

Question 8.

Can parents and community count on you to be visible in the schools and the community?

A. To what extent will you hold community forums for parents and community?

B. Will you be open and receptive regarding constructive criticism and feedback and/or opposing views?

Dallas Achieves:

Questions 9.

What is Dallas Achieves? What can we do as an organization to help
you achieve your bottom line of becoming the number one urban
school district in the nation by the year 2010?

Question 10.

Is Parental Involvement/Engagement a component of Dallas Achieves? If so, the NAACP is going to launch a Parental Involvement program at three DISD schools this fall. Would you support an initiative such as this to improve student achievement?

Page 4. Questions for Superintendent

Question 11.

How is Dallas Achieves funded? Did you have to cut any positions
and/or programs to implement and execute Dallas Achieves? If so, what
positions and programs were cut and what new programs have been
implemented?

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

Question 12.

Are you a supporter of diversity and inclusion both in the classroom as well as staffing? If so, please explain some of the recent decisions that have been made with regard to your hiring practices.

A. Are there any African-American employees in the new office you created, Office of Professional Responsibility? If so, what position do they hold? If not, why?

B. Your new organizational structure calls for Executive Directors instead of Associate Superintendents. How many Executive Directors are over the elementary and high schools and how many African Americans occupy these positions?

C. Is it true that the Athletic Director, Chief of Staff and Human Resource Director (all African Americans) have all been replaced by two Whites and one Hispanic? If so, did you interview and/or consider other qualified African-Americans for these positions?

D. What plan do you have in place to retain effective, tenured teachers and administrators who do not speak Spanish?

E. What is your plan to fill the (15) principal vacancies prior to the start of the 2007-2008 school year?

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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.
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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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New Dallas ISD Human Resources Director Accused in Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kimberly D. Olson – New Dallas ISD Human Resources Director selected by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa at a salary of $177,486.00 has no previous experience in Human Resources. She lives in Weatherford, Texas and was recently elected to the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees in May, 2007, a position which requires her to live in Weatherford. Retired from the military in 2005. Participated in the 2005 Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a training program to become an Urban Public School Superintendent.

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The Christian Science Monitor reported on April 20, 2006:

Highly decorated Air Force Col. Kimberly D. Olson, one of the first female pilots in the Air Force, has been accused of profiting from the post-invasion chaos by using her position to benefit a private security firm that she helped operate,”

Pentagon investigators allege that while on active duty as one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, Olson established a US branch of a South African security firm after helping it win more than $3 million in contracts to provide protection for senior US and British officials, as well as for KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. Olson, 48, has spent more than a year fighting the charges. In military proceedings last year, she denied abusing her position to enrich herself or the security company, but agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges. She was reprimanded and allowed to resign from the Air Force with an honorable discharge and no reduction in rank. Olson was also banned from receiving further government contracts for three years. She is appealing the ban.

… government investigators say Olson took advantage of her position for personal gain and made a mockery of US efforts to establish the rule of law in a country long ruled by corrupt autocrats. Olson is the highest-ranking US military officer to be accused of wrongdoing in connection with the reconstruction.”

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DISD Could Hire Another Out of District Exec

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