Dallas ISD budget cuts inevitable

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Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

DALLAS- Dallas Independent School District is talking about budget cuts that leaders said are inevitable. The big question many are wondering is how deep the budget will be slashed.

The state could cut up to $253 million. That could mean 4,000 jobs lost and no one would be spared.

Teachers, counselors and assistants could all get the ax. Middle and high schools will take most of the hit.

District superintendent Michael Hinojosa made it clear.

"There is a new reality here and is not a scare tactic," said Hinojosa. "It’s the human cost and I look around the table when we are meeting and planning, thinking who is not going to be here next year."

Teachers are concerned about not only losing jobs, but the potential of a classroom size increase to 35 students per classroom.

"When you put that mean students into a small area, a lot of your time is going to be taken up by discipline instead of instruction," said David Lee, teacher.

Students might see fewer after school programs and some might even close.

Dallas’ school board will monitor debate at the state capitol. The possible cuts will be on the board's agenda next month.

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