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Dallas Teachers Turn Up The Heat On Embattled Superintendent Mike Miles

Shelley Kofler

For the first time in more than 35 years, the largest teachers' group in Dallas, Alliance AFT, is calling for the district’s superintendent to be fired.

The demand comes just hours before tonight’s school board meeting, where Mike Miles will be on the hot seat. He'll be responding publicly for the first time to an investigation that found he interfered with an investigation into a district contract, and helped write a letter that criticized board members.

Alliance AFT President Rena Honea says the recent investigation revealed Miles' lack of respect for district policy and was the final straw.  She says the career military man’s style is disruptive to education.

“When you have someone who is not a lifelong career educator they don’t understand the process the way it needs to be," Honea said this morning during a press conference. "What we are seeing is military and corporate practices being brought into the educational setting and they don’t mix."

Miles has said he’s not going anywhere.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and some business groups are backing Miles, citing improvement in district test scores and graduation rates.  They say his increased accountability for teachers and his other reforms should be continued.

The school board has not scheduled a vote on whether to keep or fire Miles.

Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.