Dallas Mayor Shows Support for School Superintendent

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dallas is facing “a moment of truth” over its public school system and must choose reform over stagnation, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday in a signal of his support for embattled Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles.

Responding to scathing comments about Miles from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, Rawlings said he didn’t intend to single out anyone, including Price, for criticism.

But the mayor made it clear that he believes Miles must be given the latitude to implement changes intended to improve Dallas schools, even if the superintendent’s efforts frustrate some city leaders, particularly in the black community.

On Monday, Price called for Miles to leave Dallas, saying the superintendent isn’t up to the challenges of running an urban school district. Earlier, Price circulated a letter to 75 Dallas pastors in which he called Miles either a “Pontius Pilate” or a “fake Jesus.”

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