Exodus continues at troubled Dallas middle school

The turnover continues at a Dallas school which is said to have student discipline issues.

DALLAS — New troubles surfaced Tuesday at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in the Dallas Independent School District. That's the same campus where on Monday, Superintendent Mike Miles had a school board member forcibly removed.

At issue: A lack of discipline, rapid turnover of teachers and principals, and now — as many as five teachers leaving the campus in protest.

News 8 obtained video on Tuesday of a 22-year veteran teacher packing her things and leaving Dade Middle School in disgust.

"The DISD code of conduct is not allowing administrators... not allowing hall monitors... not allowing security to do what they need to do," she said as she loaded boxes into her car.

The unidentified teacher was reportedly brought in Monday by administrators to replace one of the 10 teachers who had been reassigned by Miles last Friday.

The superintendent also reassigned the principal at Dade — who he had hired this summer — along with two assistant principals.

Now, sources say as many as five of the new teachers who were brought in on Monday left after one day, upset about a lack of discipline at the school.

But with four principals in two years and up to 15 teachers leaving in the past two days, parent advocates says instability is a big part of the problem.

"Our community needs consistency within the school system; we need school structure," said Edward Turner, a community organizer with Texas Organizing Project. "That's how parents build relationships with teachers over time."

Dorothy Robinson, a parent advocate looking into the turnover at Dade, said problems persist where there is a climate of fear.

"These teachers and principals are scared to death that they are going to lose their jobs, and therefore they don't speak out," Robinson said.

On Monday, Dallas ISD school board member Bernadette Nutall was ordered removed from the Dade Middle School campus by Superintendent Miles after showing up to attend a meeting between Miles and staff.

"They told me if I didn't leave they were going to arrest me," Nutall told News 8 on Monday. Nutall said she and the public deserve a full explanation as to what is happening inside the school.

DISD officials declined to comment on reports of teachers refusing to work at Dade, or about a discipline problem that is reportedly in crisis.

For the second day in a row, the only response came in the form of a statement from DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander:

"Adjustments to staffing are continuing to be made at Billy Earl Dade Middle School to best support and serve students through improved instructional quality, leadership and expectations."


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