Dallas council members urge Dallas ISD board not to fire Mike Miles

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A group of Dallas City Council members and the mayor urged the Dallas ISD school board not to fire Mike Miles.

A court-ordered meeting of Dallas ISD trustees has been scheduled for Friday and a vote could end Miles' tenure.

Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates said at a Thursday afternoon press conference that a majority of the council plus Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with former mayor Tom Leppert and others in the business community, support Miles.

DISD board member Bernadette Nutall has been the most vocal among a group of three to four board members who want Miles out. Five votes would be needed to fire him.

Councilman Dwaine Caraway said now is not the time to fire the superintendent.

"There have been concerns with DISD for a period of time and not just in the past three years. There have been some concerns of DISD for over a decade," Caraway said. "When you look at the potential action that this board is trying to position itself to make, you have to say this is not the time."

The group of council members added they are happy with the education reforms Miles has implemented to date.