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Dallas ISD Board Votes To Fire Two Principals, Numerous Teachers

Stella M. Chávez

Seven of the nine Dallas school board trustees voted to terminate the principals of Madison and Roosevelt high schools Thursday night.

The decision follows months of speculation and disagreement over Superintendent Mike Miles’s controversial plan to improve low-performing schools.

Trustees Carla Ranger and Bernadette Nutall cast the two dissenting votes.

Numerous speakers, including former Dallas Councilwoman Diane Ragsdale, pleaded with the board before the vote.

“Give these principals at least one year to meet the standards of a new principal evaluation," Ragsdale said. "The process has been unfair on all levels. The time frame to implement the new process too short. Due process does not exist under Superintendent Miles."

The board’s decision also affects a number of teachers whose contracts won’t be renewed. DISD officials, however, wouldn’t confirm how many teachers won’t be returning in the fall.

LULAC’s Rene Martinez said he was pleased with the board’s decision.

“This was a system and a process that showed accountability, transparency and one that’s going to evaluate people on campuses that they’re going to be more effective,” he said.

DISD officials say the principals and teachers on the termination list have 15 days to request a due process hearing.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.