DISD To Discuss Shorter Teacher Workdays

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District board of trustees could decide on Thursday whether or not to scale back the workday for its teachers. The work schedule this year includes an extra 45 minutes that is filled with meetings and other education mandates. Board members will meet at DISD headquarters on Thursday to discuss and vote on the issue.

The district’s teachers have been up in arms since the board voted to extend the teacher workday back in January. Now, that rule could be repealed.

The proposal would simply remove trustees from the process of deciding schedules. Instead, it would be up to Superintendent Mike Miles to create a teacher time schedule. He would now decide if the additional 45 minutes were a necessary addition. The move would also give Miles the authority to say which activities are performed during that extra time.

But in a post on her blog, trustee Carla Ranger said that the board should simply rescind the rule.

Teachers have argued against the extended day from the very beginning, saying that the extra time is just filled with busy work, taking much-needed time away from grading papers and working on lesson plans. The Alliance-AFT teachers union recently released a survey showing that 93 percent of teachers thought that the rule has not been helpful.

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