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Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles
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Pros
  • i really like working with students (in 3 reviews)

  • The vacation time and paid time off is good but not any better than any other district in Dallas, Texas (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little support for teachers when it comes to discipline issues (in 3 reviews)

  • Feels like central office has no idea of what really happens in the classroom (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    The worst job I have ever had in my life! I am disgusted by it!

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros!

    Cons

    Mike Miles is an ignorant. The principals are ignorant people who got cheap scholarships to study education (easy degree). They were really BAD teachers for three years, got their Master's in Education (yet another cheap scholarship and easy degree), got out of the classroom became Assistant Principals were bad in that area too and three years later Principals. So in reality they know nothing about the classroom and not much about academics either. This is why Mike Miles can brainwash them so easily. It is like dumb and dumber!
    Plus the pay was horrible, no increments, and now the threat that it will never change because we all suck (God know then how my students always performed well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Mike Miles! As a City of Dallas property owner, I direct you to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Superintendent is boss, not leader.

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher (English/Spanish)  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher (English/Spanish) in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Working with kids, field trips, summers.
    Benefits are still good, but a bit more expensive since Obamacare.
    Schools are getting new technology and software.

    Cons

    Superintendent Miles is a dictator: his way or the highway. I took the highway.
    No leadership, just authority.
    Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 5 years. Custodial staff actually took a pay cut two years ago.
    New evaluation system for teachers depends on standardized, one-size-fits-all tests, and new teacher pay depends on evaluation system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tax payers: fire the board members!
    Board members: fire Mike Miles and hire a real leader!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is Nightmare on DISD!!!

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    I have had great experiences with students and co-workers, great bosses that try to protect us from the administration above because they know who we are and that we work hard.

    Cons

    Teachers and principals are threatened even if their student's scores are great, their spot observations are 2 and up (out of 3), in your PDAS you exceed expectations or you have even been recommended to enter into principal cohort programs. They don't like you and they want you out. Mike Miles goes to visit schools and without even knowing the school scores he expects the principal to have at least 3 teachers in growth plan, he pushes the principals to fire teachers but be fully staffed when nobody wants to work for DISD anymore. The new evaluation system sucks! it will be imposible to get a raise you will probably make more money at McDonnalds if you work as hard as you work here. Principals will have their hands tie if they want to give a fair high evaluation to a teacher. Students are not treated like kids, they should be quiet and studing, that's it no fun at all. Kids don't want to come to school, they hate school. They are not learning facts they are just being trained to pass tests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking you are God because you are NOT. You are making a mess and at the end you'll just wash your hands and leave. (It would be great! But first pick up your mess!!!) You said that all of the teachers that leave are the bad teachers, you are soooooo wrong! I have been a master teacher since I got there. I'm not even a born
    teacher, I was an AC (forced by some situations). My student's scores have been great year after year. And I left even tho I could probably make the "$90k" per year (which I know, no body would, like when nobody could get a 3 on spot observations). I left because I'm tired of watching how teachers are treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I could not believe this place! Run don't even think about applying....oh wait they already filled the position...smh

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    Current Employee - Data Controller  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Controller in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    The time off helps to tip the scale just a little.

    Cons

    They don't update the opening like a professional organization should. You don't know your salary until AFTER you have accepted the position. The benefits are so expensive you would be better off paying out of pocket. The salary & how they conduct promotions are unbelievable. This district is too big to be handled like a corner store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fresh faces, fresh ideas that benefit all not just Mike Miles!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    a time to exit

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Summers off and great teachers to work with.

    Cons

    Micromanaging Principals and Executive Directors, LOs and DOLs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers respond much better to support and encouragement rather than a barrage of negative feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't apply here.

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    You will learn how a school district shouldn't be managed. You will learn what bad pedagogy looks like and experience bogus methodologies.

    Cons

    It's an education version of FoxConn! The current management is destroying everything that worked in the past and running off experienced teachers. Do not apply here. Find a district that isn't focused on high-stakes testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please leave town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Be prepared for a lot before you jump in with the district

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    A lot of support at the new campus I began working at as a first year teacher.
    Pay is very good for a recent college graduate.
    Great staff at my specific campus.

    Cons

    Possibly too much teacher training (bi-weekly) after school days.
    The district tests out too many unproven methods that just add to the already stressful environment.
    Most of the young teachers are only there to pad the resume, the older ones are just finding somewhere to start.
    Very long hours (60 a week on average)
    All about the state tests, not so much about actually enjoying school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a new superintendent who actually wants kids to learn and become successful individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most Corrupt Place - Pure Hell

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    There are so many students who want and need a good education.

    Cons

    Corruption; ineffectual education system; student/teacher/administrator apathy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I left the business world to try and help education. My 1st year, the district's Technology Administration intended to steal all of the brand new computer equipment put in every Webmastering, Computer Science and Multimedia classroom in the district. I stopped them from stealing mine and completely blew their cover. Instead of them getting fired, they put me through hell. I fought to save my job because I cared about the students, but they (teachers, admin, central staff) only cared about their own self-interests. I support the new Superintendent who has been firing teachers and administrators, because they are corrupt and ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Before the new superintended life at Dallas was great!

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    The staff was great to work with. Salary is ok! Insurance is OK!

    Cons

    Students are out of control! They hold teachers accountable for everything. No one else is accountable only teachers. Teachers haven't had a raise in over 6 years and students behavior is horrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together before you loose quality teachers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for district for over 20 years, then let me go because of budget cuts. Not very supportive of dedicated staff.

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Large district. Lots of opportunities to grow, if you know the right people. Good luck finding a school where you fit. You will have to search high and low. But, they are out there. Basically, DISD is a good place to work overall. Every job has some downfalls. It basically depends on the school you are working at, their administration, faculty, and staff.

    Cons

    Too much paper work. Benefits are below mediocre. Don't join the sick leave bank. It's a joke. Dental is a joke too! The free laptops they gave teachers are always malfunctioning. Constantly putting in service tickets. It takes several weeks to get the laptop fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff with respect, fairness, and encourage them. You will see better results with test scores and morale. Teacher's need more time to plan with their team, vertically, by subject area, and for theirselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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