November 26, 2018

I received this letter on July 27, 2018. Other than creating paragraphs, correcting one typo, and explaining the abbreviation DTR it is unedited. Knowing there is a push to implement the Dallas ISD merit pay system statewide (the Teacher Excellence Initiative or TEI),...

October 15, 2018

Many folks are asking about the pros and cons of the Dallas ISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE) that is on the November 6th ballot. While DISD has four propositions on the ballot, the TRE specifically is Proposition C. Apparently the Dallas Citizens Council and the Dal...

September 28, 2018

The past couple of days I have blogged about recapture funding, the tax ratification election (TRE), and charter schools – what is the solution to the funding conundrum? It goes without saying that the outdated Texas school finance laws must be addressed in the 20...

September 27, 2018

Dallas ISD is asking the taxpayers for a tax hike in the form of a Tax Ratification Election (TRE). On its website the District claims additional TRE revenue will be invested in early learning, racial equity, schools of choice, and strategic compensation.

It’s interesti...

September 26, 2018

I can’t tell you how to vote Dallas on the upcoming Tax Ratification Election (TRE), but I can tell you where your money is going to go – straight to charter schools. I reached out to Chandra Villanueva, school finance expert at the Center for Public Policy Priorities,...

September 20, 2018

TEI Myth:  TEI is needed to identify highly effective teachers.      

FACT:  Master teachers and principals are capable of identifying the most effective teachers. 

- The initial cohort of ACE teachers were identified by princ...

September 19, 2018

TEI Myth: DISD Turnover has been 14% with the TEI. 

Source: Dallas ISD, TEI: 2017 Overview and Update (November 2017, Presentation to the Board of Trustees)

FACT:  The claims of 14% DISD teacher turnover are inaccurate, and incorporate only partial year data. Dalla...

September 18, 2018

TEI Myth:  TEI is a great recruiting tool.

FACT:  TEI attracts new and inexperienced teachers, and encourages the exit of experienced veteran teachers. 

  • DISD’s turnover rate has nearly doubled from 12% before TEI in 2012 to 22% after in 2016.  During t...

September 17, 2018

TEI Myth:   TEI is a valid tool for evaluating teachers.

FACT:  The RAND corporation, in a study released in 2018, concluded that a multi-year experiment in TEI-type teacher evaluations, not only failed to improve teacher effectiveness, but also failed to...

September 16, 2018

TEI Myth:  Over 90% of teachers received a salary increase for the 2017-18 school year.

FACT:   Although technically a true statement, when you factor in inflation, rising health care premiums, and retirement contributions 81% of teachers received no increase or an...

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