By Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District will still have to layoff teachers and other employees, but a new assessment of state funding offers a a lighter impact on teacher job losses.

Last week, the district was facing cutting more than 3,900 jobs.  This week that number is down to 1,700, and the direct impact to teachers is much less.  With 200 vacancies, and with 500 teacher early resignations, the teacher layoff number drops to 521.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa called it good news.  The school system that spends $1 Billion to educate kids won’t have to cut thousands of campus jobs.  He says the number has dwindled down in the teacher ranks because of the district’s early resignation offer.  “Because the incentive people step up, the teacher reduction is 500 as of today,.”

Angela Davis, with the teacher’s organization NEA Dallas, agrees that’s a much better number.   “Relief. 3100 down to 500 is a big difference. We are pleased with that number.  That’s doable.”

The budget plan still eliminates 900 counselors, librarians and other support staffers.