Operation Education: Dallas high school students plan vigil to support teachers

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Posted on March 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

DALLAS- Dallas students plan a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to support teachers in danger of losing their jobs.

Seniors at North Dallas High School are organizing the event called a peaceful protest.

The vigil begins at 7 p.m. on the school's front steps.

Dallas Independent School District’s budget situation may not be nearly as bad as the district first thought.

The superintendent and district's chief financial officer now expect to lose $150 million. The worst-case scenario was that the district would lose $253 million in state funding.

Tuesday is the final day Dallas ISD workers can apply for the offer to get 15 percent of their base salary, up to $10,000, if they resign.

So far, 651 employees have applied. That accounts for about $6 million of the $7 million Dallas ISD set aside for the plan.

Fort Worth has upped its incentive and is now offering $5,000 to the first 600 teachers who resign or retire early. They have until March 23 to decide.

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