Let’s get back to education nuts and bolts for a while. I have not commented on this partly because I’ve been on the road and just busier than most teachers with three preps, and partly because this is just jaw-droppingly unbelievable stuff.
Education nuts, anyway, maybe without the bolts.
Officials at Dallas Independent School District (DISD) announced over a week ago they had discovered an accounting error that led to hiring too many new teachers, and a $64 million shortfall. The Board of Trustees asked for more details to a plan proposed last week that includes layoffs of teachers, including some that were newly-hired.
The second report is due this afternoon, and the DISD Board will meet tonight to consider action. If people are not cut, the budget shortfall will double in the rest of this fiscal year.
Most teachers have been working on estimates that 750 teachers will be axed, which works out to about 3 from each campus.
More employees could be laid off than expected. We’re hearing from a good source that 1,209 employees would be let go if the board approves to have a reduction in force at today’s 3 p.m. meeting.
The layoff numbers breakdown like this:
Central office – 164
Campus non-contract support staff – 250
Campus administrators – 50
Teachers – 675
Non-teaching campus support staff – 70
One more battle lost in the War on Education. For Dallas, this is a big one, for the effects on morale alone.
Coupled with the collapse of schools in Milwaukee, lack of gasoline in Tennessee, the unmitigated and unreported natural disaster from the storm named Gustav that hit Baton Rouge, the known disaster caused by Hurricane and Tropical Depression Ike, one might be excuse for thinking much of the U.S. is sinking to second- or third-world status. Oh, and did I mention that most of our larger financial institutions are in ruins, too?
As one of the more recent hires in Dallas ISD, excuse me while I go back to working with the kids.
What? You thought I’d have time to chew my fingernails? You don’t know jack about teaching, or teachers, if you thought that.
Stay tuned. Check out resources listed below.
- DISD Daily Dish for September 25
- DISD webpage on the financial crisis
- Dallas Morning News, “Teachers cope with insecurity”