UPDATED | September 15, 2015 7:35 PMBy Elizabeth Dinh


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Independent School District trustees have named Michael Hinojosa the lone finalist for superintendent of Dallas schools.

Now, Hinojosa must wait for 21 days before starting the job. But, since he is the interim superintendent, he will just keep working. He is believed to be the sole finalist for the position.

Hinojosa stepped in as interim superintendent after Mike Miles resigned in late June. However, this is a responsibility that he knows very well. Hinojosa was already the district’s leader from 2005 to 2011. He holds the honor of being the longest-serving superintendent in Dallas ISD history.

Even before taking on that job, Hinojosa was a teacher, coach and administrator in the school district. He is also a product of the system, having graduated from Sunset High School in Oak Cliff.

Hinojosa left his spot as Dallas ISD superintendent to take on the top job at a school district near Atlanta. He left there three years ago and returned to Texas, most recently working as an education consultant for a private firm.

A statement from Monica Lindsey, education campaign leader with Texas Organizing Project, on DISD trustees selecting Michael Hinojosa as the sole finalist for superintendent Tuesday:

“We are pleased to hear that trustees have chosen Mr. Hinojosa to lead DISD. As an organization committed to working with parents and students to improve our schools, especially those in greatest need, we look forward to working with him to make this happen.

“What we need most right now is a leader who sees parents and students as partners in crafting and implementing proven policy solutions, such as community schools. Also, we must examine and fix failed policies that have led to high teacher and principal turnover. Schools need stability to flourish. Hopefully, Mr. Hinojosa will bring that to DISD.”