Superintendent Mike Miles was found not to have done anything wrong concerning the contract bidding process based on the independent investigation conducted by former U.S. attorney, Paul Coggins. However, the investigation maintains he “did violate district policy and his contract by talking to witnesses in the internal investigation” and his resignation has been requested by the AFT president, according to ABC local affiliate News 8 Midday on Tuesday, Sep. 10. Miles had been accused of manipulating the bidding process in an initiative for parent education services and attempting to stop the resulting internal investigation.
The president of the Alliance AFT union said to News 8 that the superintendent should quit before he gets fired. Rena Honea, head of the largest teachers’ union in Dallas, said “If the case happens that he doesn't do that, the trustees need to do their due diligence and carry out what board policy says. And, that is cause — they have good cause for termination of his contract.”
The trustees will meet this week on Saturday to discuss the fate of the superintendent. Superintendent Miles tells News 8 that despite the findings, he does not plan to resign and, in fact, he looks forward to working with the Alliance of Teachers.
Former DISD board president Jack Lowe has thrown his support behind Miles, telling News 8 at a meeting of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, "He made some mistakes along the way. But, I think all-in-all, I'd give him a pretty good grade." Chamber president, Jim Oberwetter suggests that the business community and the board need to move beyond the findings of the Coggins report. He added, "They'll find that they can work together with the superintendent in a collaborative way during the balance of this school year."