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Teacher Layoffs Forcing Dallas College To Drop Education Classes

By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News
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A math teacher uses his white board to explain a sum to pupils. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A math teacher uses his white board to explain a sum to pupils. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The massive layoffs that are taking place within many public schools districts across the state are having an impact on colleges.

Richland College in Dallas has informed the association that accredits the college that it will phase out all of its education courses.

“As part of the program review we’ve determined that this program is no longer viable for us to offer, and so that’s the reason we are closing the program” says Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., the Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning at Richland College.

The college has also informed students enrolled in education courses on the campus.

“I’m sad” says Brittany Smith, a second year college student at Richland.  “The program was really good and I think it helped a lot of people” she says.

Administrators say enrollment has steadily declined in the teaching program for the last six years.  Richland College offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching and an Associate of Applied Science in Education.  Both programs are being phased out over the next three years.

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