DALLAS A letter that went out to some Dallas Independent School District teachers last Tuesday is drawing the ire of at least one teachers' association.

The 'Notice of Intent to Recommend Non-renewal' essentially gives teachers that received poor evaluations the option of either resigning or being forced out at the end of the school year.

'We probably got 25 to 30 calls on it that day,' said Rena Honea, president of Alliance/AFT.

She said the teachers felt targeted, and said they weren't given the tools needed to excel.

Honea also said the educators were forced to make a decision in just three days one that could complicate the rest of their careers.

'If they resigned and left on their own, they would get that good referral,' Honea said.

The district said in a statement it, 'regularly evaluates its teaching staff and then provides coaching and feedback to improve performance.

'Unfortunately, on occasion, some teachers are not recommended for re-employment,' the statement continued. 'Personnel decisions such as these are not made lightly and are made in the best interests of student achievement. Similar to other professions, teachers in these cases are given the option to resign. This option is given with respect and a concern for these individuals' future employment. It also balances their needs with the district's desire to begin identifying and filling teaching vacancies for the upcoming school year.'

In May, Superintendent Mike Miles will ask the DISD board to approve a new evaluation system for teachers.

Last year, around 2,000 teachers left the Dallas ISD.


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