DALLAS — Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles has been embroiled in a war of words in recent weeks — some spoken and others written.
In April, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price sent a scathing letter to dozens of local pastors blasting Miles. The president of the Dallas Chapter of the NAACP has called for the superintendent to be terminated.
This weekend, Miles picked up a strong show of support from some prominent Dallas business and community leaders. It comes in the form of a letter sent Friday to all nine DISD trustees from the Dallas Regional Chamber and Dallas Citizens Council.
The letter is signed by top executives at J.P. Morgan Chase and Southwest Securities, and is endorsed by 86 community leaders.
It reads, in part:
"Dallas ISD needs change. You and the superintendent have committed to those very difficult changes. We urge you to implement the changes that the board and Superintendent Miles have worked out over the past year."
Miles established rules that include additional observation of teachers and principals. Those not meeting requirements could be fired — something that has riled parents, students and community activists.
Many of them have painted Miles as an outsider who is not in touch with the community.
"Clearly if you are not a product of this environment, you don’t know what it takes to bring success out of this environment," said Regina Nedd, who attended a demonstration outside James Madison High School on Friday.
Next week, the Board of Trustees is expected to discuss and vote on the possible termination of several DISD principals.