Uncut: Great first steps by new DISD chief, but big test to come



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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 9:18 PM

It's been an interest beginning for new DISD Superintendent Mike Miles.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

This week he said around 70 district employees, some of them top administrators, will have to re-apply for their job, when he takes over in mid-summer.

The trouble is, only about half that many jobs will be available.

It sounds good, but it also sounds familiar.

As at least one former school board member told us every new top educator comes in talking tough.

Will it last?

He's promised to set some tough new benchmarks, so let's set one for him.

Earlier this week, Brett Shipp detailed yet another example of DISD staff ignoring UIL rules to help a school get to state finals. Brett's got more coming, and it's not good.

I say it all the time, young people don't need good advice, they need good examples. If the new superintendent really wants to send a message that in Dallas - that schoolwork comes first - here's his chance.

Want the kids to follow the rules? Then get the adults in line. Once a couple of them are shown the door, you'd be amazed at how the students will respond.

Call it the new math: more adult accountability and dismissal of violators, plus stricter rules on student grades and attendance, equals much better schools, and a much better city.

We'll all be watching.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.