"The Most Powerful Pages on The Planet"
September 21, 2008
Volume 1 - No.18
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A Bi-Weekly Publication
Sack Hinojosa/Save Teachers
Aggressive Community Organizing, Public Outrage Equals Change
LoneStar Power Pages
DALLAS-What part of poor job performance does the Dallas Independent School Board not understand?
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has created chaos and failed DISD, failed the schools, failed the teachers and most importantly failed the children of the DISD.
His tenure has been filled with numerous failures and now an $84 million budget deficit and over 750 dedicated teachers facing immediate unemployment.
In a short laundry list of failures and controversies under Hinojosa’s watch, DISD taxpayers have had to contend with:
1. A credit card scandal.
2. Problems educating African-American children.
3. Problems with the DISD budget.
4. Poor audit results.
5. Bad school facilities in trustee districts 5 and 6.
6. Ethics issues including board members doing business with the district.
6. A dysfunctional school board that favors the superintendent and fails parents and the public.
7. Dallas Achieves hijacking of the district
8. TAKS test issues at schools/ increases in unacceptable schools
9. High and increasing school drop out rate.
10. The mishandling of the former Wilmer-HutchinsIndependentSchool District
11. Numerous lawsuits challenging fair and equitable education, resources and school facilities for poor and disadvantaged children.
12. Upheavals in schools, student relocations and crony protectionism of failed associates
13. Worsening public image with student, parents and the public due to the lack of the superintendent’s commitment to hear and serve all ethnic groups living in the district.
The district is allowing him to remain with the district at salary that still tops $300,000 a year.
Hinojosa volunteered to take a 5-percent salary decrease to help make up for the shortfall. (About $20,000) and told the board that other executives have also agreed to take the 5 percent reduction. (Big Deal)
His head should have to roll before anyone else. Why should the teachers pay for mistakes Hinojosa made? He should lose his job.
Think about how serious his failures are and focus on how performance does matter.
On 9 April 1981, the USS George Washington submarine surfaced underneath the Nissho Maru in the East China Sea about 110 miles south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan. The 2350-ton Japanese freighter Nisho-maru sank in about 15 minutes. Two Japanese crewmen were lost and 13 thirteen were rescued. The submarine suffered minor damage to her sail.
According to a preliminary report released a few days later stated that the crews had detected a ship nearby, but neither the submarine nor the aircraft realized that the ship was in distress.
The Navy accepted responsibility for the incident, and relieved and reprimanded the George Washington's commanding officer and officer of the deck.
The public and sports media dogged and demanded changes when Super Bowl winning coach and football guru and former Dallas Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells could not win a playoff game over several seasons.
Parcells was sent packing based on lack of performance and results.
Poor performance and failure to take the Dallas Mavericks to the championship level got former populist Dallas Mavericks Coach Avery Johnson fired.
Teachers are expected to study hard, pass testing for certification and perform and succeed at top levels on an average salary of $40,000 a year.
Without hitting education and performance targets, a teacher can be fired or failed to gain the necessary footing to continue their careers in teaching.
Whether you wreck a multi-million submarine with nuclear missiles or manage a football team, or sports franchise with marquee stars or run a school district – You should be held accountable because:
Citizens need to ask themselves does performance matter.
On your own jobs, if you fail to perform or you demonstrate incompetence – you are let go.
What makes Hinojosa any different? He must be held accountable.
Community action and organizing is needed to pressure these elected school board officials to remove him before he does any more damage to the psyche of the district.
How much more of this do citizens want to take and how much do you want to tolerate?
Hinojosa remaining on the job demonstrates the power of the status quo to rule and force upon taxpayers their will and force you to accept low standards and expectations.
Keeping and protecting Hinojosa does nothing to further the education progress in the district (President Jack Lowe) or improve education for thousands of students.
However, losing teachers hurts.
NEA-Dallas President Dale D. Kaiser said, "If plans go forward to release 1,000 teachers under a reduction in force, then over 22,000 students of the Dallas ISD will be directly impacted. That's over 22,000 students that will have their academic year turned upside down and will endanger their academic achievement for not only this year, but for years to come."
Hinojosa has been a real life WMD to the DISD.
Citizens and parents should be mad as hell and demand daily that they want CHANGE and they want it now and are not going to take it anymore.
Our kids deserve better….