That was some of the advice given to district trustees Thursday by the group of community leaders and experts guiding DISD's reform and improvement efforts. The group made nearly 100 recommendations, touching on everything from curriculum to how to better engage parents in district activities.
... The commission told trustees that the district needs to slash the bureaucracy of its central office. DISD has too many managers supervising too few people, commission members said, citing about "10 to 11 layers" of administrators between Dr. Hinojosa and "the front lines" ? the schools.
In addition, the central office needs a "culture and mentality shift" to one of customer service for its consumers ? schools and parents.
... Some of the panel's recommendations elicited rebukes from a teacher's union representative, although she also praised the suggestion that young and struggling educators get more assistance and coaching.
"Linking student test scores to compensation, bonuses or evaluation is not educationally sound," said Aimee Bolender, president of Alliance/AFT. ...