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Dallas Independent School District CEO Michael Hinojosa
Michael Hinojosa
83 Ratings
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  • "Very siloed offices - often a lack of communication and coordination among offices(in 9 reviews)

  • "No support for growing first-year teacher(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    Fun, good time off, nice, lovely, cute

    Cons

    working in a cubicle 10 hour summer hours

  2. Data Controller

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    Current Employee - Data Controller in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Diverse work environment, ability to work with kids.

    Cons

    No room for advancement

  3. custodian

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Newfound, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    great place to work now

    Cons

    none, i have no complaints

    Advice to Management

    awesome

  4. You aren't superman/woman. Listen to former teachers and don't do it.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    ...the only pro to be had here is that you can consider yourself employed. Are there some schools within the district with good leadership and happy teachers? I am sure at least one exists somewhere. Edit to add: if you are a (native) Spanish speaker, there are opportunities for you.

    Cons

    Worthless and unnecessarily expensive insurance, bullying from administration, unqualified administrators and policy makers-- people who've never been in a classroom telling teachers how to teach...

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest-- tell the handful of teachers that actually care about the success of students left that you make things so incredibly difficult for them to get access to resources and anything that could make their classrooms safer and more effective is because of your political obligations to fill prisons. People are wasting their good years at DISD; stop undercutting, sabotaging, and bullying your teachers. It's so...

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  5. Overworked and Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Job security Summer work schedule (4 days/ 10 hours)

    Cons

    Workload Unrealistic Expectations Work life balance High stress Long work hours Lack of advance notice

    Advice to Management

    Try improving the culture of the district. Improve leaders morale

  6. Challenging School with lots of potential

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    Current Employee - Band Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Close to home, dedicated staff

    Cons

    Challenging environment, administration not supportive

  7. Well Meaning, Innovative, but with unnecessary complexity

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      Current Employee - Teacher 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Innovative Pay system where teachers are rewarded on a matrix based on individual performance and student performance. New teachers can greatly increase their pay over traditional seniority based systems. School and Central Administration tries to be supportive.

      Cons

      Rapidly shifting / deteriorating urban dynamics - student backgrounds are sometimes not well matched with the programs they find themselves in. Overlapping programs developed by the private sector for use in education make teacher's jobs difficult. The "program de jour" approach means teachers use and adhere to requirements of multiple applications when only one or two would do nicely.

      Advice to Management

      Simplify!

    • Helpful (1)

      RUN!RUN!RUN!

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      Current Employee - Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      MANY GREAT EMPLOYEES being trapped in this dysfunctional abyss!

      Cons

      Counterproductive. Negative reinforcement by management. Lack of check and balance in leadership. Sells SEL for students, while disregarding educators. Lacks honesty, integrity, and common decency. Personnel decisions based on dysfunctional word of mouth rather than facts. Distorted and dehumanizing environments.

      Advice to Management

      Quit! Give new blood a chance to renew what you have sabotaged for over 20 years! An entire community destroyed at the hands of lying, cheating, deceiving leadership!

    • Not too bad

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      Current Employee - Assistant Band Director in Dallas, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Good vacation days and sick days

      Cons

      High rate of turnover among leadership

    • Helpful (1)

      Teacher

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

      Pros

      Pay is good starting out Having summers off Most teachers you work with are awesome

      Cons

      TEI. Terrible way to rate performance No real “bonus” for being a teacher, just more work. Too many gimmicks and new teaching strategies.

      Advice to Management

      Pay your teachers more Actually listen to the teachers on the ground. They may know more than you think

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