Well comes now the other shoe. First we get told of the $64 million shortfall and the fact that there are going to need to be cuts in Dallas schools, but now we get the first taste of what that's going to look like and it's not going to be be pretty.
Not just from the likelihood that between 700 and 750 teachers, and possibly another 150 support personnel are going to be out of a job by mid-October, but also because of the changes this is going to bring about. Dallas Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa said last week that parents, students and teachers were going to be mad.
(Hey, just do the math. If you take 700 and multiply it by $40,000, you still only get to $28 million–that only leaves $36 million more to cut).
A large portion of those new teachers hired in Dallas ISD last year were hired to fill the vacancies in essential areas such as ESL classes, math classes, etc where districts are required to have a highly qualified teacher.
Now here's what's going to create an even larger problem: You'd think, well, "last in/first out," but that's probably not how this is going to go. Why? Because some of those positions the district won't be able to just RIF. They're required by law. So what do you do then? It appears the district may have to RIF some of it's veteran teachers. Ruh Roh.
To top it all off, part of the strategy in hiring the extra teachers was to provide all teachers with an extra planning period in their day. I'm told tonight with RIFing 700 or so teachers, that all but certainly goes away. There simply won't be enough teachers left to make that a possibility.
What it means is that you're going to have a bloodbath before its all said and done. Politics most certainly is going to be played with which teachers get to stay and which ones have to leave. It's just a certainty.
And who suffers because of all this? The children of Dallas. And that's the worst part.