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DISD Board Continues to Back Superintendent

By Bill Zeeble, KERA reporter

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Dallas, TX – A majority of the Dallas School Board still backs Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, despite teachers and some trustees expressing no confidence in him. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.

After trustees met with Hinojosa for two hours behind closed doors, board president Jack Lowe acknowledged the ongoing concerns with the district's financial problems disclosed in September. But under Hinojosa's leadership, student performance has greatly improved, he said.

Lowe: We're making huge progress on academics. We had a big blunder on finances. We're making big progress on it. He ain't perfect. He made some mistakes.

And so, as Lowe has said before, the board will keep Hinojosa on the job. Last week, three trustees called for a confidence vote on the superintendent. That meeting has not been scheduled. The district is still whittling down what could grow into an $84 million deficit this year. More than 600 employees, including 375 teachers, have been dismissed to help cut the deficit. Millions more must still be saved. Bill Zeeble KERA news.