Dallas Mayor Calls for End to DISD Turmoil

Mayor says school board needs to either move on or move forward

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    In one week we should know the results of an investigation into how Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles handled contracts. Meanwhile Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says the district turmoil needs to end. (Published Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013)

    Just days into the school year, the mayor of Dallas says it's time for the controversy at the Dallas Independent School District to be over.

    In one week, the DISD board should know the results of an independent investigation into Superintendent Mike Miles' handling of a six-figure contract award.

    Mayor Mike Rawlings said he wants the turmoil to end.

    "We've just had a lot of issues over the last year, and I think it's time to move that to a close and get on to supporting our superintendent and educating our kids," he said.

    Rena Honea, who heads Alliance AFT, the largest teacher association in Dallas, agrees. She has been with the school district for more than 35 years.

    "I have never in those years seen any of the turmoil and the turnover and the indecisiveness like I've seen in the district in last two years," she said.

    Rawlings said the Board of Trustees needs to either move on or move forward.

    "Look, we've got a very good Board of Trustees," he said. "I'm not asking them to do one thing or another -- just make a decision."

    DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander released this statement Wednesday in response to the mayor's comments: "We're moving forward with the school year. More than 150,000 students and their parents are counting on us to continue to provide support to our schools."

    School board members did not immediately return requests for comment Wednesday.