DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Incoming Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles got the approval Saturday to ask the state for another year to earn his required superintendent certification.
“The issue is time,” Miles said Monday. “That’s all.”
Under his current contract, Miles agreed to obtain a Texas Superintendent Certificate by Dec. 31. The contract clause states, “Failure to provide necessary certification shall render this contract voidable.” State law mandates certification for top leaders of public school systems.
But last Saturday, the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees agreed to allow Miles to seek a one-year waiver from the Texas Education Agency.
Miles said he has every intent on acquiring the certification.
“There are Texas specific things I need to learn. It’s an admission of needing some time to get it done. That’s all it is”, he said.
As superintendent of the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, Miles was not required to have state certification. Texas teachers traditionally carry certification as validation of their proficiency in teaching.
Miles has said he plans to train, recruit and retain high-quality educators to Dallas ISD.
Rena Honea, President of the Dallas ISD teacher association Alliance AFT said the superintendent needs to be well versed in state education code, rules and regulations.
“There is great value in being certified as Superintendent in Texas, because Texas works under Texas law”, Honea said.
Miles is not the first Superintendent hired without having required certification. Former Richardson ISD Superintendent Jim Nelson sought and received a certification waiver from the Texas Education Agency in 2004.
Nelson was also a former commissioner of the TEA.
Under the agreement, Miles will have a year to acquire his Texas certification.