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DISD Will Outline Layoffs, Cuts

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

By Bill Zeeble, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Dallas School Board Members hear the administration's lay-off and program-cutting plans tomorrow as the district continues struggling with state's severe education funding shortage.

The district's resignation package has attracted at least 700 teachers so far, meaning that many won't be laid off. But Superintendent Hinojosa has already warned trustees that layoffs will occur - despite the buyouts - because final education funding from the state remains unknown.

Hinojosa: One thing that's very difficult for the staff and you is to plan. If you don't know certain issues coming down the road it's difficult for us to go into the planning process to help deal with the layoffs we're certainly going to be facing when this game ends.

Hinojosa says the worst possible loss of $253 million in state money has already improved. But the district still faces a loss of $150 million from Austin.

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