Group protests outside DISD headquarters over principal growth plans



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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

DALLAS -- A small group gathered outside of Dallas Independent School District headquarters Thursday afternoon in protest of principal growth plans, which could result in several principals losing their jobs.

The group, which calls itself the "Black Coalition To Maximize Education," planned its protest to take place just before the DISD Board of Trustees' regularly-scheduled meeting.

The group was made up of mostly of South Dallas residents who believe principals at their high schools are being targeted for removal.

Joyce Foreman organized the protest. Foreman said she wants reform in the district, but wants to make sure it is fair.

"We do want that, but at the same time, we want to make sure that principals are being given a fair opportunity to correct whatever is deficient," she said.

Of the districts 223 principals, 65 have been put on growth plans with recommendations to improve or risk losing their jobs. Next month, a list of principals who've been recommended for non-renewal will be presented to the board at its April 11 meeting.

A petition was circulated Thursday afternoon asking the board to protect principals at Madison and Lincoln high schools.

Executive Director of the Dallas School Administrators Association Linda Isacks told News 8 last week as many as a dozen principals have already been given verbal notice that their contracts will not be renewed. As a result, fear has spread in some communities that their school's principal will be or has already been fired.

Dallas NAACP president Jaunita Wallace said she and other community leaders wanted to send a message to the board members.

"I hope to let them know that the board members were voted in, and just as they were voted in, they can be voted out," Wallace said.

She, along with several others, said they also signed up to speak during the board's public comments portion of the agenda.