DALLAS (AP) - About 550 teachers are among nearly 1,100 Dallas
school district employees who are about to lose their jobs.
The Dallas public school trustees voted to lay off the 1,100
employees because of an 84 million-dollar shortfall this fiscal
year. The school board voted 5-2 yesterday for the layoffs. There
was one abstention.
The decision comes three days after Superintendent Michael
Hinojosa (ee-noh- HOH'-sah) laid off 63 central-office staffers and
eliminated about 100 unfilled jobs. All those positions were for
employees working without contracts, so the layoffs didn't require
Non-contract employees will receive layoff notices by October
9th. Contract employees, including teachers, will be notified
between October 10th and the 17th.
More than 400 of the lost jobs include teachers in the core
subject areas of math, science, social studies and English. Another
500 employees will also lose their jobs, including teacher aides,
hall monitors and clerks.
The Dallas school district is the nation's 12th largest, with
more than 160,000 students.
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