Dallas ISD chief outlines 32-point improvement plan

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 8:08 PM

DALLAS — It's not a quick fix.

That's the message from Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles about changes that need to be made in the district.

His detailed list outlines 32 problems. It assigns names to each task and gives a deadline for each item to be accomplished.

Miles will personally make sure weak principals and teachers are moved to other positions. To that end, he wants to redesign the teacher and principal evaluation system.

He calls the new scheme FAR — fair, accurate and rigorous.

Miles also wants to purchase digital textbooks to let teachers use more modern teaching strategies.

One of the concerns outlined is the bus system. Miles says the process for developing bus routes is flawed, and that's why some students are late or absent.

"We have to make sure that we — Dallas ISD — that we do our part in providing Dallas County a bus system with names of kids, and numbers of kids, addresses — so when they go about setting up bus routes, it's accurate; it's effective; and we will be able to pick up our kids in a more timely fashion," Miles said.

The superintendent didn't want to release too many details about his 32-point improvement plan until Thursday, when he'll present the list to DISD trustees.

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