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. 

  1. Amy S

    Budgeting problems can strike anyone, as in the statement: “(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).”
    Add about 40% on to the cost of the 750 salaries to cover taxes, paid days off, workers comp, health insurance and pensions. Then add the secondary layers – like more HR help (no dept can absorb 750 new hires by adding zero people to oversee – it’s what got the district into financial messes in the past), training seminars, supplies stipends.
    That’s what makes this so complicated – it’s not simple math.

  2. Daddy Claxton

    Amy S, that’s all fine. Forty percent on top. I get it and have noted several times in previous posts that I know school finance is no easy matter. But that was not my point. It was a parenthetical thought on this blog. The point is that I’m deeply angered that so many people are going to be hurt by this. Innocent people and it just sickens me.

  3. Paul

    I was told today after being hired that, I would not have a job!!! Human resources dragged their feet and did not inform me of all the requirements needed for me to sign a contract.When they did inform me, I was diligent to fulfill all their requests promptly.Meanwhile I worked full time at a school, following a syllabus, schedules and meeting. My first pay check had substitute wages. I knew I was a substitute because I was told it would be temporary. For a week or so. Well, it was not.They knew what was happening and they chose to mislead me and ignore me.I was placed on hold for a long time, many times. My calls were not returned and my paperwork kept moving around from agent to agent.I worked ten to eleven hours many days and stayed for paerent teacher night. I was making less than minimum wage! But, I had to, I had a job.Because of the hiring freeze; my paperwork will be suspended and I will not have a position.I have chosen to stay until friday so that I don’t cheat my kids out of their full week.A full time teacher will come from another school and take over.

  4. Amy S

    I think we’re both on the same path of a desire to see the district succeed. As a small business owner, my franchise taxes soared this year due to the revision that was supposed to go to schools. Anecdotally I’ve heard that collections were up, way, way up over previous years, yet to my knowledge the state has not yet released the figures.
    I’m upset that the correct financial information was not acted on by the administration, as an accountant by trade, I’ve always felt you need to pay for qualified people in that department. But it can also become the department where patronage and budget cuts reside.
    I am not so upset that the district hired all those teachers, even if it did spend down some of the reserves, the district needs this action now. No one can argue that the addition of 750 teachers was for any reason other than to benefit the students.
    Wall Street’s going to be a tough bond market no matter what for the next several years.

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