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New DISD Budget Plan Saving Teaching Jobs

By Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District has a new assessment of its projected funding cuts from the state after the legislature announced a $4 Billion reduction in money to schools statewide.

There will be no layoffs of teachers, and despite concerns of massive funding reductions, Dallas school officials now say they are done with cuts in classrooms.

It’s not good news for the district, but better news according to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. It certainly may be a sense of relief for Dallas ISD teachers concerned about their jobs.

A week ago, a projected 274 teaching jobs were on the chopping block, as part of DISD’s plan to reduce spending, and balance the budget.

They called it a Reduction in Force, now that reduction is unlikely.

DISD has already laid off 200-plus non-classroom employees and already accepted almost 800-early resignation offers. They will keep 600-other positions vacant.

On Thursday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said he expects the state funding cut will only be $90 Million, a large amount, but an amount that won’t generate a reduction.

β€œAll the hard decisions have been made. We won’t have to reduce any more staff. We know that for sure. No teacher reductions, not even support staff on campus.β€œ Hinojosa said.

There will still be some unhappy people. The district will shift educators from one campus to another, so some schools will see staff reductions, including DISD magnet programs.

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