The Morning News editorial doesn’t say whether the Dallas school board should sack superintendent Mike Miles, only commenting that the revelations of the Coggins investigation put the district in a heckuva pickle:
Whether it’s Miles or someone new, DISD needs deep and significant reform. But if the board takes the undeniably disruptive step of starting over with a new search, who exactly would consider working for trustees unwilling or unable to stand by their choice? Miles’ contract demands that he maintain an effective working relationship with trustees; they report only to voters and have no such requirement, as they prove too often.
Without the right answers to these questions, this school district — and the entire city — has an urgent, intractable problem.
Meanwhile members of the News editorial team offer opposing views on their blog. Bill McKenzie writes that Miles didn’t commit a fireable offense:
Miles may be guilty of hubris, but not the breaking of any law. He showed bad judgment, but that’s not the reason to can him.
Of course, some on the board are looking for a reason to get rid of him. I don’t think that really has to do with this incident, but they may use it for their purposes.
Rodger Jones smells blood in the water:
How can Dallas school trustees trust Miles again, having read the Coggins report and the conniving he is capable of? Miles conspired with an outgoing top aide and ally to publicly disparage and undermine his own bosses, the DISD school board.
I don’t think many bosses would tolerate this level of insubordination. I don’t think Miles would tolerate it in his own administration.
And columnist Jacquielynn Floyd goes sci-fi with her take:
It’s as if the man were trapped in some extra-galactic time continuum in which he is always shooting his own foot off, in which he focuses with rapt, eternal concentration as the bullet pierces the metatarsus again and again.
Here’s the problem: Mike Miles is temperamentally unsuited to his job.
The DMN copy desk should have helped her out a little more with the technobabble. Not sure what an “extra-galactic time continuum” is. Maybe instead “It’s as if his temporal signature were out of phase” or “he’s caught in a localized rupture in space-time formed by a quantum singularity.” In which case, the solution to the district’s woes should be obvious: shower Miles in a cloud of tachyon beams and then warp off to the next adventure.