Dallas Independent School District

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Dallas Independent School District Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
111 Reviews
2.6
111 Reviews
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The vacation time and paid time off is good but not any better than any other district in Dallas, Texas (in 5 reviews)

  • i really like working with students (in 3 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.  

    School counselor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

    Pros

    summer vacation, vacation schedules, staff works well together

    Cons

    the pay could be a little bit better

  2.  

    Teaching remains a noble calling, but work for DISD at own risk.

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Education children is as important as it ever was. Simply put, there are many children in need of good teachers.

    Cons

    The task of educating children is almost unrecognizable under the corporatized, data-driven models adopted by many school systems nationwide. In Dallas, the interpretation is particularly Draconian, and it is a miracle that teachers are able to both render unto Ceasar and teach children at the same time. The cost is extremely high for teachers, children, and society. It became a crushing experience, and many of the best teachers I know have quit or will soon.

    In addition, the average student is not receiving a decent basic education, and that is heartbreaking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From department chairs to associate- and vice-principals on up: It is not ethical to falsify information of teacher or student performance in order to slant the numbers to please the boss. Stop it: You are hurting many, and crippling education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It was good until the last few years then it started to decline.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits are decents and some of the schools are pretty good to work in.

    Cons

    No support from administration. Teachers work long and hard hours and get no support from the superintendent or school administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your principals on how to talk to their teachers and staff personnel. Because some them talk to them like they have no feeling what soever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    More about politics then teachons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

    Pros

    There are many schools to choose from which allows for one to find a location close to home.
    The starting salary is comparable to other districts.

    Cons

    Things change constantly and principals have to push agendas that they aren't even properly trained on.
    Some Title 1 school are extremely overcrowded with almost 30 students in classroom and the teachers suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to teachers when they are advocating for their classroom. Promote more from within because when instructional coaches and principals are hired from districts that are not similar to Dallas ISD the teachers suffer.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Experience

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

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    The pay is great for a new teacher, and the students are amazing. I worked with a lot of very intelligent, dedicated educators.

    Cons

    My principal made my first year of teaching an absolute nightmare. The district pushed arbitrary policies and offered no support to teachers who were in need of help. Our school was COMPLETELY out of control--veteran teachers felt helpless and unsafe at work, and nobody was willing to help. Instead, teachers were constantly threatened with termination, and everybody was just miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Experience

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

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love working for the district. It has good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Have to bring a lot of work home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DISD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

    Pros

    The job is very rewarding.

    Cons

    DISD is disorganized and frustrating at times

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dallas ISD, the good the bad and the ugly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director - Central Staff
    Current Employee - Executive Director - Central Staff

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great time off with long Holidays and vacation. Work is always for the best of causes.

    Cons

    Politics are so bad they eat their own regardless of how good or great a job is being done. District is actually moving in a good direction overall and the need is overwhelming, but the toughest place I've ever worked in terms of just continually defending yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the political stupidity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work load is fair. Great place to gain experience in the field.

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    Current Employee - Temp in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Temp in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    stability, great time off, flexible work schedule, work load is manageable, great starting ground for someone just entering the field

    Cons

    limited income growth potential, office culture can be negative at times but this is with any job, poor communication chain of command, expectations of employees are unclear, work environment can be dull

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uggh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with kids from diverse environments. Great coworkers.. Lot's of time off.

    Cons

    Unsupportive staff that does not lead but rather mandates. A rampant culture of nepotism throughout the district. A terrible work like balance. Terrible insurance benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These are children they are not here to be exploited and those in the upper levels know very well they are doing that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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