Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price echoed what some teachers in Dallas ISD have been saying for several months: “I am concerned as a lot of citizens are with the direction of this district.”
Price addressed trustees at today’s board briefings. He listed several complaints including the sudden departure of Shirley Ison-Newsome, a former assistant superintendent who had been in DISD for 37 years. DISD has not said why she left, citing personnel privacy, and Ison-Newsome has not returned calls for comment.
He also voiced concern with the surprising departure of former Chief of Staff Alan King, who was also over district finances. He said that progress has been made in the district and he’s concerned that the district will backslide with all that’s going on.
Price also addressed teacher morale being low. Teachers are upset over an extended 45-minute workday, which they believe hinders them from working with students after school and meeting with parents. They’re also upset with changes implemented under Superintendent Mike Miles that directs how they teach students.
Price said that more employees would speak up if they were not “terrified,” and he laid much blame on Miles, who joined the district in July. But he said that board members have to take notice because they are responsible for the district.
“The district seems to be in terror, and that is no way to run a district,” Price said.