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DISD Says Almost 300 Teachers Received Termination Notices Today

Classroom of Wilmer-Hitchins High School students, first day of school
Classroom of Wilmer-Hitchins High School students, first day of school

DISD says  nearly 300 teachers received termination notices today after a school board vote last night.

Seven of the nine board members voted in favor of terminating the teachers and two DISD principals. Trustees Carla Ranger and Bernadette Nutall cast the dissenting votes.

The principals are being fired under a controversial  plan by Superintendent Mike Miles that requires them to meet new benchmarks.

The discussion last night was heated as critics complained that Miles didn't arrive until July of last year and hasn't given principals enough time to meet new performance standards.  

The fired principals and teachers have 15 days to file a protest and request a hearing.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.
Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.