All The Bad News the Dallas Independent School District Could Fit in 27 Pages

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For those who weren't fortunate enough to sit through Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's budget-gutting presentation this afternoon, what you'll find below is the complete PowerPoint presentation given to the board of trustees. In it, you'll find what the super likes to call "the new reality," which could very well include more than 3,100 campus workers let go, student-teacher ratios of 35:1 in middle and high schools, and millions more lost for supplies, bilingual education programs ... well, hell, you name it.

As the super says, this is "very, very preliminary ... a worst-case scenario." But even the best-case scenario's bloody awful. Read the whole thing on the other side. Just don't read it before bed. DISD Draft of Budget Reductions Presented to Board

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mEp
mEp

I PAINTED THAT PARKING SPOT IN 2008!

Justin
Justin

Hercules Hercules Hercules! Wait until next years budget...it will make this one look generous! Welcome to the new world order. Hercules!!!

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Teachers are getting pink slips and Schools will be closing while DISD wastes $22 million to demolish and destroy a historical school and neighborhood!

Our children deserve a better education! ~ Our teachers deserve better compensation! ~ Our schools and neighborhoods deserve consideration for preservation not destruction!

~Note~ DISD has already spent $2.6 million of our tax dollars when it remodeled O.M. Roberts just a few short years ago, and they STILL want to tear the school down completely and rebuild - only to bill its taxpayers again! That doesn't make economic sense! In addition to the reckless demolition of the remodeled school, DISD has already succeeded in seizing some of the property in Jubilee Park community. Now DISD is saying that it will keep those properties only to demolish to make room for a parking lots - right in between the remaining homes!

THERE IS AN ALTERNATE PLAN that would save our tax dollars, but DISD refuses to seriously discuss the issue of an alternate solution or alternate site.

DISD's current plan for O.M. Roberts is wasting our tax dollars! Again!! It must not continue! We need your calls, letters, and/or emails to DISD’s representatives telling them that you do NOT want to keep paying for unnecessary new schools and renovations when the state of DISD’s education system is still in dire need of its own repair. We want their focus on improving the quality of education for our students and work on increasing the compensation for our teachers!

Contact your elected DISD Board Member at 972-925-3700, or by visiting DISD’s website at www.Dallasisd.org.

Learn More at www.StopDISD.org

Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Thank Sara Palin and Tea Party. Thank Perry for his "All is Well in Texas" lie.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

What of all this is so hard to understand .

While Everything is falling into a hole. No one notices. Except the few here

However we will still have FALL FOOTBALL.! The entertainments have to go on !

But if stadium lights ever go Dark that's when folks will notice

And that is not happening .

I would bet they won't go out any where in Texas .

So what are schools for any how.

Name Them & Shame Them
Name Them & Shame Them

There is no consequence for the people who accept over-the-top salaries at the expense of students.

The "$120K+ Salary Club" in DISD needs to be named, picketed and publicly shamed for their role in forcing kids into overcrowded classroom staffed by athletic coaches.

rumpunch
rumpunch

I believe that using a zero based budgeting scenerio is called for. This is especially true for the non-campus budgets. As Hinojosa said, everything is changing this the new reality.

Therefore, using what is already in place is not the place to start. Basically, we need to eliminate non-campus entirely (not in reality - but in paper) At that point, the non-campus budgets can be built up from zero. No more each department must cut "x" dollars, which translats to "y" number of staff. You must start from zero.

We start with just a Superindentent. He then decides what functions are necessary (i.e. finance, curiculum, facilities) and appoint directors to those positions. Then those directors decide what sub-functions are necessary (i.e. payroll, accounting, grants management) and work down. In eccence, the Superintendent and each of the Directors will have to justify every headcount and dollar spent.

We look at a 30% cut as a big number, but what if the department was 50% overstaffed. It is only big if we look at the past. To quote Hinojosa again - "this is the new reality" At that point, campus level cuts can be made.

The numbers are to big to avoid cuts at the campus level, however we need to exhaust our other options first and then look to instruction.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Gosh! Hopefully it will be like last time they didn't have enough money and had to fire a bunch of teachers only to find out a little later that they actually had a surplus and shouldn't have let all those teachers go? It seems that those in charge of DISD are likely to have received the equivalent of a DISD education....

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

As our "betters" kept chanting: "it's not happening here (the recession)-just look at all the construction cranes we can see from our ivied halls". Well it is happening here-and all the elected officials city, county and school district failed (it is hard to see when you close your eyes and bury your head in the sand) to batten down the hatches of local government(s) in face of the on coming economic storm. Now that we see the white caps and the rocks on the shore these same happy spenders want even more tax monies. They are like drunk sailors on shore leave hiding behind the children that they are suppose to serve. What a crock!

Anon
Anon

Hinojosa is trying to scare legislators into forking over our last dollars so it can be business at usual in corrupt urban districts like DISD.

35-60 kids in a class?Fire 1/3 of the teachers?Please.

Call your school board member and tell them you will campaign AGAINST them next time if they don't step up to the plate and slash salaries at 3700 Ross. Maybe 10 people should make more than a high school principal.

HIding behind poor kids and threatening to cram them into classrooms of 40-60 unless taxpayers cave to your demands is immoral.

Not surprising, of course, but immoral.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Let me suggest that the totality of our exemption from the recession, as such was a factor of the state papering over all our deficits with federal stimulus cash. Other states cut teachers earlier, and the host of other gov't jobs. They have more to come, but we've not even seen them. Imagine what that money, being taken out of the city will do. Almost certainly the "cops" programs, state and federal, will be cut, and so many others. We've just seen the beginning of this recession. And, unlike 1933 we are already in a mess of debt.

It hasn't been relevant, but much of what we are seeing in Egypt and Tunisia are reflections of austerity measures in the EU, and their effective withdrawal from NATO--who we relied on to oversee those countries. Add to that the speculation driven commodities bubble that have hit these countries that pay heavy subsidies for gas and food, yet don't have any resources to off-set these costs. Watch Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Morocco who I believe are all net importers of both food and petro.

This is all part of the recession of the American empire. We can focus our limited dollars and might abroad, rebuilding roads, schools and nation building, or do that at home. We have over 750 military bases overseas, yet we are gutting this country. The cuts, which are nationwide are gonna cause our economy to stall again. This could create a cycle which could destroy this country. Sadly, much of what we are doing now is exacerbating the problem, (QE2 flooding the banking sector with unbridled cash to throw into the commodities market to recoup that free cash) Perhaps the federal gov't should keep up the state budget subsidies, but I for one would like to see us shift from controlling the Middle East and the World to simply protecting our interests. We could do that with 3 carrier groups and no essentially no Army. But sadly, the Pentagon and Congress have no thoughts of cutting the defense (sic) budget.

Angry Parent
Angry Parent

I disagree, Betty.

DISD takes in 1 BILLION dollars a year.That is plenty of tax money to enducate our students.

The problem isn't Sarah Palin or Rick Perry on this issue.

The problem is the Dallas school board and the Dallas superintendent spending all the money on excessive administrative salaries, contractors, building new schools designed to sit empty but provide building contracts, and on and on and on.

THE SCHOOL BOARD IS THE PROBLEM IN THIS CITY.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Right on.The cuts are so "draconian" they won't include athletics.

Yeah, that makes sense.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Good ideas, except for this utterly flawed first part, "We start with just a Superindentent."

I mean, you'd have to get rid of the guy that has created that deficiency.

Stephan
Stephan

As soon as we don't have a significant military, we will have all "those" that own our debt come to collect, and you and I will be out of a life, perhaps literally. Careful for what you so wistfully imagine. The only thing protecting you from bullies, gangsters, thugs etc, is the veil of armed consequence. Live in Mexico to see what that's like when the apparatus fails.

I have an idea, instead of removing police, fire, and teachers, how about we rid ourselves of high dollar money pit projects such as the Trinity etc...just a thought based in reality. I for one, really want Dallas to buy me a Ferrari, since I can't buy one on my own. The way they have been acting in the last decade, I think I have a shot. Where is my Ferrari Dallas? I DEMAND IT! Ok..at least an Audi R8 fully loaded.

CorporatismSux
CorporatismSux

You're both right. Perry did cause the crisis. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfor...

Perry changed the way taxes are collected and then gave his buddies tax exemptions. You should be deeply bothered by the fact that this has not been given the light it deserves. Betty is wrong about one thing. Perry is a corporatist, not a tea partier.

rumpunch
rumpunch

Notice I said "a" Superintendent rather than naming a specific person. However, there is something to be said for making someone correct their mistakes rather than walking away with an over $200k a year retirement package. Also, since the trustees voted to extend his contract,we are legally stuck with him.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I don't disagree with you on silly bridges, but you're delusional regarding "defense." So, what are our enemies gonna do, mass an army on the Mexican border? They could invade and overrun our military bases and cities for 600 miles and still not take I-40 nor 70. If they aren't gonna have armor, which we'd surely detect, what are they gonna do? Run down the street with scimitars? Seriously? I support the 2nd Amendment and I believe in the power of the people.

Further, what have the police ever done to calm the order in your life? Seriously, have you ever been snatched from being murdered, raped or a robbery averted thanks to the cops? They tend to come after the fact, prey on the poor, essentially run Unconstitutional debtor's prison.

I don't think it's good that we are laying off all these teachers, and your signature projects aren't anything but small potatoes. It's ironic that the discretionary budget, which is the part that is paid by the rich isn't being threatened, nor are tax increases on them. Yet, the taxes taken from the middle class are being taken away from our Social Security to all for these defense budgets. You warn of cutting these services, but in 2001 Rummy announced that we'd lost $2.3 trillion in the un-audit-able Pentagon budget. Then we lost how many billions in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm not talking about misspent; I'm saying we have no idea where it went. But, you're demanding we control the globe while our home is falling apart. Perhaps you haven't paid close attention, but it is our military presence across the globe that creates the very instability you warn of. Foreign policy is much like a finger trap, the more you root around looking for dragons to slay, the more you find.

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