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Wilmer-Hutchins, Dallas ISD and Just Come Uppins’
Should TEA Appoint Board of Manager Move In and Take Over District?
DALLAS- The Hinojosa cancer is spreading and eroding public confidence in the Dallas Independent School District’s ability to handle its business.
With a growing budget deficit and the layoff of 1,200 employees, including about 650 teachers, the festering wound is about to pop and not even Dr. House will be able to cure this mess.
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is fast sliding down a slippery slope and taking a hapless, clueless school board with him.
As DISD board members struggle to “get it right”, the latest twist is a warning from the Texas Education Agency that DISD must get it together or risk intervention by the TEA.
Could it be that the DISD, which did little to help counsel or save Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District is now facing a similar dilemma and embarrassment.
It appears that the DISD is in worst shape than Wilmer-Hutchins could have ever imagined. Maybe the TEA should come in, dissolve the board and take over and appoint a board of managers to run the district. That is what happened to Wilmer-Hutchins.
This time, the shoe is on the other foot and the pressure is on the DISD to prove it can work its way out of this without TEA intervention.
After all, I don’t remember Wilmer Hutchins having an $84 + million short fall.
The district was folded and forced to close over academics and financial issues.
DISD has academic and huge financial issues.
Compounding the situation is the pressure from teachers, African-American leaders, activists and now parents who want answers, action and things done properly.
The Executive Committee of the Dallas branch of the NAACP is even requesting the resignation of Dr. Michael Hinojosa as Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District.
“We did not come to this decision only as a result of this most recent event and this was not a knee jerk reaction,” said Casey Thomas, president of the Dallas NAACP.
Even after LSPP listed its concerns, more interesting things surfaced about Hinojosa’s watch.
According to Thomas, the following series of events have led us to this decision to ask the board to ask Hinojosa to step down:
- The downgrade from Principals to Deans at Yvonne Ewell Townview Magnet
- The credit card scandal (“P” card)
- The dismantling of Spruce High School and allowing Samuell High School to be on the brink of dismantling
- Roosevelt grading scandal
- The mishandling of stripping South Oak Cliff basketball team of their state championship
- The mishandling of the movement of clusters from Skyline Career Center to Emmet Conrad High School
- The $54 million dollar shortfall back in March 2008
- The mishandling of the attempt to change the grading policy, a national embarrassment
- The recent DISD bond proposal barely passing, showing a lack of confidence by the citizens of Dallas
- The latest $64 million budget shortfall
- The 11 low-performing and academically unacceptable high school in Dallas ISD
“If the buck stops with the person at the top, then the bucks should also stop with him also,” Thomas said.
All are demanding accountability now and rightly so.
Fair is fair. If Wilmer-Hutchins got jammed for its problems, DISD has greater problems with much more at stake with its thousands of students. It is time for the DISD to take its medicine.
The argument to sack Hinojosa and bring in a board of managers to run the district is clear.
Fair is fair and there should be no double standards because it’s Dallas- an urban school district.
The DISD needs its own kind of bailout, not with money, but with new leadership and new faces.
Again we ask? 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.
What better way to right the ship and get that done by shaking things up on Ross Avenue, the school board and preserving the jobs of those making a difference in the lives of children.
TEA where are you? Wilmer-Hutchins is waiting for you to do the right thing….about Dallas.
Oh yeah, if you close the schools in the DISD, where would you send all those children? to school?