Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mike Miles resigns in Dallas

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge Miles: On the road again. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Miles: On the road again.
Controversial school superintendent Mike Miles resigned today from Dallas public schools, drawing cheers from some and words of sorrow from others.

He served as Harrison School District 2  ("School house rocked," May 13, 2010) superintendent here some years ago and made an unsuccessful bid for Senate. He left for Dallas in 2012.

He says he's headed back here in this coverage from the Dallas Morning News, which reports he recently had a contract dispute. He resigned, news agencies are reporting, without a severance payoff and without another job waiting in the wings.

Miles made friends and enemies all over the place. Here's an announcement of his resignation from Dallas schools that landed in our in-box a few minutes ago.

Diane Ravitch's blog

BREAKING NEWS: Mike Miles Resigns as Dallas Superintendent
by dianeravitch

Mike Miles, the controversial superintendent of the Dallas public schools, resigned. He was a military man, trained by the unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy.

When he arrived in Dallas, he announced ambitious goals, including significant gains in test scores. He fired many principals, closed schools, demoralized teachers (who left in droves), pushed school choice, instituted pay-for-performane, appointed large numbers of young TFA to high-level administrative positions (including the director of human tesources, hired at age 28, fired at age 30 for improprieties), evaluated teachers by test scores: the whole reform play book, but achieved none of his goals. After three years, test scores (the golden ring of reformers) were flat or declining.

Teacher turnover and flight from DISD reached unprecedented numbers. The atmosphere became so toxic that Miles moved his family back to Colorado, presumably for their safety.
One of the lowest points in his three-year tenure was when he directed police officers to remove a school board member from a high school in her district, where she was visiting.
His supporters were disappointed and called it "a sad day."

Others, no doubt, will be glad to see him go.

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