Plano ISD Preparing For Layoffs

By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Plano Independent School District is preparing to lay off employees.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday morning to start identifying which employees to release. Superintendent Dr. Doug Otto called the cuts “unprecedented and said no department is safe.

“The saddest thing about what started today is that we’re gong to end up with some teachers who will lose their jobs and they may never see the inside of a classroom again and that’s terrible,” Otto said.

Plano officials say the Senate version of the State budget, which uses some of the Texas Rainy Day Fund, calls for a $35 million reduction in education funding for Plano ISD. If the current Texas House of Representatives version of the budget is enacted, Plano will lose $65 million in funding.

The board did not specify how many employees it might lay off, but it did outline the criteria it will use to choose employees: Their certifications, their performance, their professional background, and their seniority.

Those being laid off must be notified by the end of the month.

“Teachers are worried about themselves” says Laurie Newby, who has worked for the Plano Independent School District for 21 years. “They are also worried about the kids who are left behind, after the cuts.”

Parents are also concerned about what programs will be cut.

“It’s really scary how it’s going to affect our children’s education and their opportunities in the future,” said Sarah Watkin, who has four children in the district.

Otto will address teachers and staff in a webcast Wednesday. The Plano School Board will have a workshop session next Tuesday to review cuts in staffing. The board is scheduled to approve the cuts on April 5.

Plano ISD Superintendent Dr. Doug Otto on 1080 KRLD

The Plano ISD is looking at a $65 million cut in state revenue because of the budget crisis.  Check out our interactive map to see the cuts other districts are facing.


One Comment

  1. NoObamaIn2012 says:

    But what about all the millions suck out of Plano taxpayers that goes to other school districts under the Robin Hood law? Do Plano taxpayers still provide revene to other districts?

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      Robin Hood was declared unconstitutional in 2005, around the time they last “fixed” the school finance system.

  2. Sarge says:

    NoObamaln2012 — That’s a great question. Seems so unfair to the teachers and workers of Plano.

  3. Manana says:

    Hmmm… and who is going to teach our kids? What I don’t get
    is that all of those Superintendents in every ISD are sooo overpaid but yet, they are still employed and
    nobody bothers to question their salaries, when in fact so much mismanagement happens
    under their supervision. Same applies to those serving on the Board of Trustees!! But …NO let’s lay off teachers and save some money at the expense of our kids future!

    1. Lisa says:

      Who is going to teach our kids? you asked; how about their parents? I teach mine.

  4. LizAnne says:

    why are layoffs necessary? This school district spends way to much money on uneccessary things such as: Curriculum support people following an author on a book tour, having 40 plus people designing curriculum and the final exams. Teachers went to school where they were taught to design curriculm; why is the district paying others to do the same job? The teachers show up and teach their lessons off of a database. It is belittling to them as professionals. Save your money PISD, cut out all the curriuclum support positions and let your teachers do their jobs.

    1. sad says:

      I totally agree. I graduated last year from Baylor with an elementary ed degree and graduate this year with a double Masters. Yet, if I wanna teach in Plano, where I graduated from, then I have to forget basically everything I’ve been taught and follow a stupid curriculum that I print off online. Kind of why even thought it’s my alma matter, I’m not sure if I wanna work for PISD. Yet, at this rate with school districts, who knows where I’ll be able to work in the fall.

  5. G.J. says:

    Where did this mentality get started that teachers are somehow “guaranateed”
    a job? Millkons in the private sector have had to get retrained

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      Who said teachers are guaranteed anything and when did they ask for any job guarantee? What should be guaranteed is educational funding at least to the level to keep schools functional. That is something that is not currently provided by the state – that is the actual problem here.

  6. Nerak Ycal says:

    It’s not about teachers being “guaranteed” a job! It’s about students receiving a quality education. Everyone pays for an uneducated society–more crime, more welfare…As for teachers, we are educated and have options! I will get “retrained” as suggested–in Law School!

    1. mw says:

      I would not suggest law school for retraining. There are lots of unemployed and underemployed lawyers.

  7. Lisa says:

    Fact #1: Homeschoolers perform 34-39% above the national average in standardized tests. The national average, by definition, is 50%. Homeschoolers test at 84-89% in subject by subject standardized test scores, well above the national average.

    Fact #2: Children in lower income families who homeschool outperform public education. Even families making a combined household income of less than $35,000 per year outperformed public education by 35% in standardized test scores.

    Fact 3#: Boys and girls respond well to homeschool education. Only one percentage point separated male and female students in standardized test scores with boys averaging 87% and girls 88%.

    Fact #4: Home-schooled children of parents who do not have a college education outperform public education. Even in homes in which neither parent has a degree, students tested at 83% nationally. That’s 33% above the national average.

    Fact #5: Stronger government regulation does not increase student achievement. No discernible achievement difference is shown in states with high, medium, or low levels of regulation. Students’ performance levels for all three categories come in at 87-88%, or 37-38% above the national public school average.

    Fact #6: Spending more per student via public education does not improve performance. Homeschool education generally costs $500 per student each year for curriculum and supplies, while public education costs an average of nearly $10,000. Regardless of total dollars per student, homeschool students came in at 86-89% performance, or 36-39% above the national public school average.

    Fact #7: Homeschool children of parents who had earned teaching certification were not higher in achievement. Certified educators achieve homeschool performance at the 87th percentile while non-certified homeschoolers achieved the 88th percentile.

    1. been there says:

      Where do your “facts” come from? Interesting that you don’t cite to any source. Most parents have to go to work, at any rate, and cannot homeschool. And they believe that the taxes that they’ve been paying all these years were to go to their children’s education.

      1. Lisa says:

        I didn’t cite my source because I figured as adults it is up to you to do your own research into how best to educate your own child.

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      Here’s the real FACT – a free education for all is a requirement of the constitution of the state of Texas. If you choose not to partake in that provision, that is your business, but do not imply that other parents should educate their kids as you have. Frankly, the educational system a parent chooses for their child isn’t your business.

    3. concerned parent says:

      Perhaps you should check your stats because my latest figures show that public school students in Texas outperformed homeschooled students across the board on standardized testing.

  8. lowly teacher says:

    Fact #8 – teachers don’t know how to do their jobs, and the general population is obviously going to do a better job automatically.

    Fact #9 – 83% of Lisa’s comments are a load of codswhallop.

    1. Lisa says:

      lowly teach is a great name for you. I teach my child to capitalize proper nouns.

  9. Educated. says:

    How many of you teachers voted for Rick Perry? Can’t say I feel sorry for you.

    1. Nerak Ycal says:

      Good point…

  10. Lisa says:

    Look up National Home Education Research Institute.

    Academic Performance

    · The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests. (The public school average is the 50th percentile; scores range from 1 to 99.)

    · Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.

    · Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.

    · Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.

    · Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.

    · Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.

    Social, Emotional, and Psychological Development

    · The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.

    · Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work

    Success in the “Real World” of Adulthood

    The research base on adults who were home educated is growing; thus far it indicates that they:

    · participate in local community service more frequently than does the general population,

    · vote and attend public meetings more frequently than the general population, and

    · go to and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population.

    · Internalize the values and beliefs of their parents at a very high rate.

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      Lisa, you enjoy homeschooling – that’s your business. I’m glad it’s working for your family, but why push this agenda? Public education is a service provided to the majority of Texans and ensured by the state constitution. Unless you are suggesting we get rid of public education in favor or homeschooling (an incredibly irrational, naive, and unrealistic viewpoint), I’m not sure how you think homeschooling is related to the state budget crisis.

  11. FormerHomeSchoolerWannaBe says:

    Lisa, i think you scored in the 98 percentile on the C.A.T. (the Codswhollup Achievement Test)

  12. StopSlickRick says:

    Welcome to the party, Plano ISD. The cuts that are about to be enacted by partisan lawmakers will change education in this state for a generation. People need to demand that their representatives serve as better stewards of their tax money. Despite adding 80,000 students per year, Texas has kept funding levels for most districts frozen at 2006 levels – that’s when Slick Rick wrote his “hot check” by passing property tax cuts that brought us from an $8 billion SURPLUS in 2006 to today’s $27 billion DEFICIT. It’s time for the legislature to clean up that mess and re-examine the entire funding system for the state. Until that day, we will continue under the current structural tax deficit. It’s perpetual and inherent and won’t go away when the economy comes back. Very sad – the Texas Miracle has failed miserably and nobody seems to care. Why don’t Texans demand better?

  13. lowly teacher says:

    Lisa, some people are great at home schooling, and others are not. Your insinuation suggests that all teachers are not good at their jobs, and that parents as a whole would be better off managing their children’s education themselves. That is a very extreme comment. I googled your stuff, and there has been success for your cause, yes, but this is an article regarding Plano ISD. Let’s see how PISD holds up in the numbers race for college readiness. 2009 ACT scores: National avg – 21.5, Home-schooled 22.5 (good), Plano ISD – 25.5 (great). I just don’t think this is the right place for you to play that hand.

  14. Nerak Ycal says:

    National Home Education Research Institute would be biased towards home schooling, so it’s not a credible source. Bottom line, a majority of the students I serve don’t have parents that qualify to home school them. If that were the case, they (students) would all be on grade level! Furthermore, teachers touch the lives of EVERY human on earth! Education and quality teachers are essential! As for “retraining” in Law School–I would be worth my weight in gold. However, I don’t fear being cut because I am a quality teacher! My students are BLESSED to pass through my classroom!

  15. Ann Clark says:

    The education provided for the future of our country is the importance here, the budget should not be in question as we pay PLENTY to provide a more than adequate education for every child. As a business owner I can speak from experience, you should run a business like the money can run out tomorrow. We need to evaluate where our money is being spent. If needed the education system needs to cut back starting from the grounds keeping and toilet scrubbing, and the administration, not the classroom. As the owner of my company I clean the toilets and vacuum the floors. As a parent of one child in the public education system and maybe two children I ask that our government can configure a way to prevent the classrooms from being effected. If you can cover for the banks that got us here in our economic distress and the car manufactures than surely
    you elected by the general population can prevent the education system from failing those that will lead this country.

  16. carl smith says:

    what did plano isd spend on lawn maint last year take bids

  17. thelight says:

    The elite are trying to ruin public education and force more people into smaller but private charter schools. Why is it that bankers bailouts were greater than funding for education? Why is it that War is more important than the education of citizens? The Greek and Roman civilizations collapsed for the very reasons our country is struggling today. One of which was the abandoning of education.

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