Great things are happening in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD)—great things ushered in by Superintendent Mike Miles.
While we know that change can be difficult, Stand for Children feels that it is important to stay the course and keep the positive momentum under Miles’ leadership.
So after receiving late notice of Miles’ hastily-scheduled performance review last week, our support community went into high gear. We had just two and half days to convince the DISD Board of Trustees to retain Miles.
Among the efforts, we:
- Collected more than 1,200 signatures on our Change.org petition in support of Miles
- Received nearly 400 positive comments from Dallas parents and community members
- Were featured in an article from The Dallas Morning News
- Partnered with key stakeholder organizations including Children at Risk, Save Our Public Schools, Teaching Trust, Teach for America, Educate Texas, COMMIT, and Texans for Education Reform
- Coordinated elected officials and teachers in Dallas to make phone calls in support of Miles to the trustees
- Ran an all-out social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter
- Emailed hundreds of Stand for Children supporters, asking them to sign the petition, email trustees, and rally in support of Miles
- Showed up in force to the board meeting with 100 supporters—all wearing purple t-shirts that read "Save Our Superintendent" and "Transformation Takes Time"
On Friday afternoon, the trustees arrived to the meeting and walked through our sea of supporters. They met for hours in open and closed sessions. Finally, the trustees voted 7-2 to continue Miles' contract, though they also issued a letter of concern.
This was an incredible victory for all of us and it confirms that our community strongly supports Miles' education improvements. Thank you so much to all of you who stood with Mike, especially our members at Stand for Children—we couldn't have done it without you.
Comments From Other Organizations About Our Campaign
- “Excellent work on your part – seminal moment today for DISD.”
Tim Byrne, CEO, Lincoln Properties
- “Great job, well done."
John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Educate Texas
- “Thanks for all your work both front and center and behind the scenes”
Matt Pierson, Teaching Trust
- “Great response last night from the sea of purple shirts…that show of support was so powerful."
Nancy Bingham, DISD Board of Trustees
Comments on the Petition in Support of Miles
- “Mike Miles has done an outstanding job in his short tenure. The trustees who seek his removal are more interested in politics than doing what is right for our schools.”
- “Mike Miles is putting the reforms in place necessary to move the district forward. His actions today are part of a long-term plan that will produce results.”
- “Because we need a man willing to make decisions that are not popular, not political but in the best interest of educating the children who are the future of this country.”
- “Progress has been made and more time is needed to allow Mike to change the culture. The board should first look in the mirror. Accountability works both ways.”
This was undoubtedly a united effort that would not have been nearly as successful without the support of so many organizations and individuals.