Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News
The Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees may decide the fate of Superintendent Mike Miles after an investigation found he violated his contract. Some teachers spoke out Thursday calling for him to be fired.
A Dallas teachers group is calling for the school board to fire Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles.
The president of the group tells NBC 5 that the district has never been in such turmoil and blames Miles for it.
At a news conference Thursday morning, members of Alliance AFT insist Miles has lost the trust of many teachers and the community.
"Superintendent Miles is the wrong guy for the job and should be replaced," said Alliance AFT President Rena Honea. Honea believes Miles’ leadership is flawed.
"Miles should have been working with the teachers," said Honea.
"Many reached the last straw when Miles came on board last year with the destruction and chaos of the system," said retired DISD teacher, Grace Akbar.
The DISD Board of Trustees will decide Thursday night if it’ll discipline Miles following the findings of an independent investigation that showed the superintendent violated district policy by trying to sway staff during an internal investigation and that Miles violated his contract by bad mouthing the board.
Miles has denied any wrongdoing.
"I'm committed to Dallas ISD. I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. The kids need your commitment, too," Miles said last week.
"This next year is going to be critical. We're making a lot of progress," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Rawlings says he supports the superintendent and says Miles is making some tough changes to improve the district.
"I stand behind him, because he's doing the right things. He's got a sense of urgency and the Board of Trustees are going to support him for those three reasons," said Rawlings. "I think we as a community need to put this behind us. Stop the drama and focus on the kids. This is about the kids."
The teachers group plans to call for his termination during the public session. Then, Miles is expected to have his chance to defend his job.