Dallas ISD Cutting Contracts Of 250+ Teachers

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – More than 250 Dallas ISD teachers won’t be returning to their classrooms next year.

Texas public school educators work under negotiated contracts. The Houston Independent School District has the largest teacher pool tied to year-long agreements.

Dallas ISD is second. With 10,000 teachers, Dallas ISD invariably faces resignations, removals and retirements.  But this year, Dallas ISD is seeing a spike in teachers having their contracts slashed.  It’s called non-renewal.

“This is about giving our kids the best,” according to Dallas School Board Trustee Mike Morath.  Morath says the district is putting more emphasis on evaluating teacher effectiveness in the classroom.  “There are specific criteria for the evaluations,” he explains.

School principals assess the teachers they’ve hired to educate children.  School district contracts are automatically renewed annually, unless there is specified reason or cause.

Last school year, Dallas ISD trustees approved 52 non-renewals for poor performance.  So far, this school year’s tally sits at 259.

Morath said the number is small in comparison to the district’s overall teacher population.  “We have one chance with our kids, and every year we don’t give our best is one year they (students) don’t get back”.

Rena Honea, president of Alliance AFT, the largest teacher association for Dallas ISD, voiced concern over the evaluation of teachers. While in New York today, Honea questioned if the non-renewals were genuinely performance-based.  Honea cited growing budget problems for Dallas ISD as a possible motivator for approved non-renewals.

Teachers facing the poor performance contract cuts can appeal the decisions.

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  • Robert

    Everyone in the private business world faces job performance reviews and many are not based on a numerical index; just a judgment call subject to the views of the reviewer. Perhaps the best evaluator of these teachers is the number of students that are able to pass subjects in their grade level. This also should be judged as many teachers are in areas with students that have poor study habits and parents that don’t really care about their child’s education. I would assign some of the poor performers to schools that have a student body with a high performance rate and see if they still are rated below par. If they still have problems, then I would ask the to resign.

    • Angie

      Would you want your job performance — in your private business — based on the performance of 16-year-old kids over whom you had no real control?

  • Rocket Scientist

    You are an idiot.

  • bob

    its about time schools start evaluating teachers. There are way too many lazy and useless teachers in all schools. Just wait until the teachers of the world see this article and start crying.

  • George

    I am so glad they are finally doing something positive. Almost everyone in the private sector gets evaluations. So why not evaluate teachers and fire the poor performers? I am sick of hearing people rant on how we should increase teachers pay. Why not do some house cleaning first? Why not eliminate senseless waste, like buying hundreds of computers and leaving them in a storage room for 3 years. I’m just glad this is a move in the right direction.

  • whitman

    Teachers are evaluated. What planet do you guys live on??? This isn’t really news. There are over 10 thousand teachers and 250 are let go due to poor performance. Last time I checked, that’s like 2 1/2 percent. Would the private sector have about the same or more turnover for that? Most companies I have worked for turned over more poor employees than that.

  • Teacher

    These layoffs were NOT based on poor performance. I am one of the teachers who may lose my job, and I received “exceeds expectations” and “proficient” in every single category on my teacher evaluation last year. These cuts are due to closing schools, and budget cuts, not poor performance from teachers.

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