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Dallas' South Oak Cliff High School About To Get Extra Resources

Bill Zeeble
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles explaining the Destination and Imagine 2020 plans to a bus full of reporters some weeks back. On Tuesday, Miles will present the next round of his school improvement plans

Dallas school superintendent Mike Miles will unveil the next stage of his Destination 2020 project Tuesday. That could be good news for South Oak Cliff High School.

Plans for Miles' Destination and Imagination 2020 target four areas he says are key to improving student results. They include new methods for training and evaluating teachers and principals; improved curriculum; better internal systems to gather, understand and distribute data; and more parental and volunteer involvement in schools.

A few weeks back, Miles led a bus tour to of the “Imagine 2020” schools -- Madison, Pinkston and Lincoln high schools topped the list that included the elementary and middle schools that feed them.

“They’re areas of great need,” Miles said. “We have a number of kids come to us who are challenged with poverty and are behind in academics.”

Miles now plans to add South Oak Cliff High and the 11 elementary and middle schools whose students will eventually go there.

The plan includes an extra $3 million budgeted to pay for more principals, master teachers, paid and volunteer tutors and other resources.

Richard King liked the program at Lincoln High School, where he just graduated.

Credit Bill Zeeble / KERA News
Lincoln High graduate Richard King was still a senior at the school when he participated in a student summit to tell school officials what they needed to improve their education and school experience

“Imagine 2020 does a lot for people,” King said. “They bring in programs that benefit students. Imagine 2020 helps the students as if some students may not have enough money. They make sure everything’s OK. I love it.”

Miles hopes other students, now at South Oak Cliff High, will benefit the way King did. He’s on his way to Wiley College, a  historically black liberal arts school in Marshall, Texas. 

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.