DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – School starts up again for students in the Dallas Independent School District on August 26.  By that time, DISD may have to hire a massive amount of new teachers for its classrooms.  The vacancies come after months of resignations, firings and retirements.

Superintendent Mike Miles has not yet provided a concrete figure regarding teacher vacancies. But leaders from two teacher associations claim the district will need to hire as many as two thousand new classroom instructors before classes begin.

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Sources say an estimated 200 teachers quit last week alone, before Friday’s state-required deadline to submit resignations.  On Monday, the DISD website listed 600 classroom positions as vacant.  Dallas ISD will host a job fair this week, to which a district spokesperson says one thousand prospective applicants have been invited.

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Teachers moving to other school systems, or being forced out in Dallas, have created what one school board member called “a mass exodus.”

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