Dallas school board approves layoffs

October 3, 2008 4:53:46 AM PDT
Facing an $84 million shortfall this fiscal year, Dallas school district trustees have voted to lay off nearly 1,100 employees, including about 550 teachers. The vote Thursday was 5-2 in favor of layoffs, with one abstention.

The decision to lay off teachers comes three days after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa laid off 63 staffers from the central office and eliminated about another 100 unfilled jobs. All those positions were for employees working without contracts, so the layoffs did not require school board approval.

Non-contract employees will receive notices by October 9. Contract employees, including teachers, will be notified between October 10-17.

The Dallas school district is the nation's 12th largest, with more than 160,000 students.

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