HISD- the brightest and best teachers are the ones leaving.

I don’t write about HISD because that is a district that a bunch of cretins have taken over. The one in charge and his minions do one thing well, and that is lying. When the number of teachers who have left is mentioned, they claim those are the bottom of the barrel.

“We have looked at, of the teachers leaving, are they high performers or are they low performers and so when we’re able to crosswalk that with our separation data,” she said. “What we have seen is those who are scoring the lowest on their spot observations are the same as those who are separating from employment either voluntarily or involuntarily,

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That is pure BS coming out of HISD. The teachers most likely to stay are the ones least likely to find another teaching position. Besides, you don’t have to be an excellent teacher to look like one is doing exactly as they expect of you. I used to supervise an employee, and if you were to look at him, you would think he was the hardest-working employee in the office. No, he was very good at looking busy and produced very little of what was required.

Many people, at some point in their career, have worked for a manager that moved them toward quiet quitting. This comes from feeling undervalued and unappreciated. It’s possible that the managers were biased, or they engaged in behavior that was inappropriate. Employees’ lack of motivation was a reaction to the actions of the manager.

Most mid-career employees have also worked for a leader for whom they had a strong desire to do everything possible to accomplish goals and objectives. Occasionally working late or starting early was not resented because this manager inspired them.

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One of the people I know finally got fed up with the school in HISD and told them she was quitting. She has won numerous awards and is well-liked in the community where she taught and lived. Within three days, she had several job offers. Those are the type of teachers that HISD is losing.

I got news for HISD one does not go into teaching because of the pay.

Miles left before he got fired from Dallas ISD, that should tell the community something.

In May, Miles survived an attempt by the Dallas ISD board to remove him from his post, but there were signals at the time that he may have held on simply because the board hadn’t yet found his replacement. Board member Eric Cowan, specifically, cited the need for an appropriate succession plan as a reason to keep Miles for the time being. Cowan, along with many of the parents in his district, was angry with Miles’ decision to remove Anna Brining, the popular principal of North Oak Cliff’s Rosemont Elementary School.

Miles was hired by the district as a reformer. Often facing intense criticism, he has instituted rigorous teacher evaluations, shown a willingness to reshuffle the deck at failing Dallas ISD campuses. In spite of his efforts, progress has not been seen in the district’s STAAR standardized test results, which have remained largely stagnant.

The superintendent also faced multiple personnel controversies, including a human resources director with an undisclosed criminal background and staffers who were exposed for sending mean-spirited text messages by a open records request from The Dallas Morning News

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Texas and the Republicans will leave HISD in a mess. I expect that for five years, up will be down, and wrong will be good. Like the test scores, an independent organization had many schools declining, but HISD, using the up-is-down formula, claimed that the scores were improving.

two-thirds of those in Houston ISD saw their performance fall in the latest Children at Risk rankings, disrupting nearly two decades of progress, the nonprofit’s researchers say. 

Data released by the education research and advocacy nonprofit shows that 55% of Houston-area schools scored lower on the nonprofit’s annual rankings in 2023 than they did in 2022. The declines were even more pronounced in Houston ISD, where scores dropped at over 75% of schools ranked this year.

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The Republicans and way too many Democrats here in Houston seem to believe that what Clayton Williams said is true and have just gone along with what Miles and the Republicans are doing at HISD. However, many parents and community leaders are not just relaxing and enjoying the raping our school district.

Bad weather is like rape, he said; “if it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”

By that evening, Clayton Williams’s remark had spread all across the nation via the Associated Press, and he begrudgingly apologized without fully understanding why he was doing so. “If anyone was offended, I apologize deeply,” Williams said with the news media huddled around him in an Alpine steakhouse. It was “just a joke” made at a campfire in a man’s world. “That’s not a Republican women’s club that we were at this morning,” he said. “It’s a working cow camp, a tough world where you can get kicked in the testicles if you’re not careful.”

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