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Superintendent requests resignation of Chief of Staff

DALLAS—Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles announced the resignation of Chief of Staff Jerome Oberlton effective immediately. The announcement was made after Oberlton informed the superintendent of a federal investigation stemming from his tenure with Atlanta Public Schools in 2006. He had since worked with Baltimore City Public Schools.

“I was profoundly shocked and disappointed when I was told of the allegations,” said Miles. “When I learned of the seriousness of this issue yesterday, I immediately requested Mr. Oberlton's resignation. I was shocked because the district conducted a thorough background and credit check including interviews with his most recent employer. My disappointment is accompanied by anger because Jerome did not inform us about his involvement in this investigation until yesterday.

“I have asked the board of trustees to approve an audit of all of his work during his tenure with Dallas ISD. Despite this latest departure from my cabinet, I remain firm in my commitment to a strong leadership team.”

 
Statement from Dallas ISD Board President Eric Cowan

"The Board of Trustees of the Dallas ISD was informed of the resignation of Chief of Staff Jerome Oberlton Tuesday morning. While we believe a stable, highly qualified executive team is key to the success of the school district, we support the Superintendent's request for Mr. Oberlton's resignation, effective immediately.

The board is dedicated to the success of the school district and believes a stable, highly qualified executive team is key. We are eager to move forward in our efforts to educate all students for success."