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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - DISD School Board trustees voted to support Superintendent Mike Miles controversial plan to replace a number of the district’s principals and teachers. The final vote — 7-2.

At this time, two principals are on the list for removal along with hundreds of teachers. A teachers union said that nearly 450 educators received notices that they would be losing their jobs, but the district would not confirm that number.

The principals will be granted a hearing as part of the process where they can appeal the decision and present evidence to save their jobs.

Superintendent Mike Miles told CBS 11 News on Thursday that he was hired to raise student achievement and to improve that quality of instruction in the DISD, and that requires change. But Miles has been facing community push-back and public criticism for weeks over a plan to replace as many as 50 DISD principals, primarily from low performing campuses.

“There are two that will be brought to the board for non-renewal and the 50 number is a moving target, so we have approximately that number that will not be back next year,” said Miles. According to district officials, a number of those principals have opted to retire or resign.

Superintendent Miles acknowledged his critics, but stressed that he and his team remain focused on “best educational outcomes for our kids — that’s the job.”

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