DISD Trustee Eric Cowan On "Mass Layoffs," "The New Reality" and How We Got Here

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Patrick Michels
Eric Cowan
Dallas Independent School District trustee Eric Cowan's first blog entry of 2011 is a sobering follow-up to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's budget-gutting presentation to the board on Thursday: "The Economics of Public Education." There's no easy way to sum it up, as Cowan take a look at how wound up in this mess -- which could, in a worst-case scenario, lead to more than 3,000 teacher layoffs, an enormous leap in class size and the eradication of a number of programs.

Writes Cowan: "If each of the [region's] school districts dealt with the budget cuts solely with layoffs, the number of combined layoffs could range from 9,000 to 12,000. If you add Ft. Worth ISD and other districts in the Metroplex, the number of educators out of work could exceed 15,000." Here, from the section titled "HOW CAN DISD AVOID MASS LAYOFFS?":
Currently, school districts are limited in how they can manage the potential shortfall. Current legislation does not allow for furlough days or salary cuts for certain employees. Current law also does not permit districts to increase the elementary student-to-teacher ratio to 25:1, which would save DISD approximately $20 million.

I do not consider furlough days to be an effective long-term strategy. However, if furlough days could save $44 million and reduce layoffs then I would support that action for next year.

District-wide salary cuts could also reduce the number of layoffs. A 15% reduction in total payroll costs would save the district approximately $150 million, nearly 2500 jobs.

Professional stipends account for $25 million of DISD's budget. While these stipends are used to attract top teachers in areas difficult to employ, the number is too large not to be considered. Other areas to be considered are contract/consulting services, supplies, travel expenses, and other workday reductions.

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oc
oc

How illegal immigrants arrived in Texas, and specifically, into Dallas ISD, is irrelevant. The problem is that there are many more students attending DISD schools than taxes and other current funding options can support. The reality is that illegal parents (whether the child/student is a US citizen by birth right or not) are not paying into the system and are over burdening it with expenses for their offspring. When 5 children live in a one bedroom apartment that rents for $350/month and DCAD only collects $1000/year for the unit, there is an automatic discrepancy in funding for the district (I know this seems like a stereotype, but it IS happening in pockets all over the city). As approx. 67% of DISD's budget comes from local funding, this multiplied by the number of families living this way, DISD cannot make up the difference. Furthermore, additional federal funds are made available for schools to feed these students - without a social security number (although they are supposed to provide one, it is not enforced). Basically, the state and federal governments are providing more than just a free lunch. My personal opinion on immigration cannot negate the fact that illegal residents are a big part of the budget crisis in that the district is forced to pay for students that it is not receiving any funding for. Until we address this problem in education and as a nation, we will continue to see mass budget and funding deficits as well as funds spent on furthering social services for the benefit of non-tax paying, non-US citizens.

Sinibaldi
Sinibaldi

In a violin.

There's theflavour of a clamorous dream,in the light ofa violin: I giveyou the digest and a direct emotion, I tellyou the truth while a candle appears....

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StopDISDorg
StopDISDorg

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

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anonymous
anonymous

This editor sucks at writing.

BORING

anonymous
anonymous

Rick Perry covered up child abuse sexual cases at many TYC facilities. He got rid of actual documents.

RICK PERRY LOVES CHILD ABUSERS.

DIRTY TEXAS/DIRTYDALLAS/DIRTY DPD

Glad I moved outa' that sh*tty state!

ParleyPPratt
ParleyPPratt

... and people ask why no one with options wants to live in the DISD...

ParleyPPratt
ParleyPPratt

How much does it cost to fund athletics?

bbetzen
bbetzen

Data needed as we enter this teacher and education resource cutting debate is found in a spreadsheet linked from http://www.census.gov/compendi... It shows the nationwide pattern of state and local tax rates by looking at these tax rates in major cities. It shows that the highest percentage of local and state tax in relation to income is paid by those with the lowest incomes nationwide. People with $25,000 incomes pay 10.9% of income toward state and local taxes while those with $150,000 incomes pay only 7.8% of income. However, in presenting this data for Houston, Texas is shown as having families with $25,000 incomes pay 9.9% of income toward taxes while those with $150,000 incomes pay only 4.4% toward state and local taxes, one of the lowest rates in the nation.

It may be valuable to know how local and state taxes total up by income level are for all of Texas.

Fred
Fred

The athletics budget is very low relatively speaking - and the district still produces top teams, especially in basketball - Lincoln, Kimball and Woodrow could easily win state.

One gripe I would have is that the Kincaide Stadium was over the top - it's too big, too fancy and located too far from most of the schools. But I think that was done with bond money, which is separate from the regular budget. Many of the bond projects are needed and do not affect the current budget crisis except when it comes to staffing issues.

chainsaw
chainsaw

Hino-where-to-go-sa is protecting athletic stipends. Why? Are not cheerleading and athletics part of the academic day? All those out side of the normal school day events using less time than the "new reality" teacher student load when it comes to grading projects, papers, parent contacts, test preparing,and planning. With the planning period gone will add more afterschool time for meetings, conferences, and other duties.

And a question for Mr. Cowan. How many years did it take for teachers to get to their present salaries? How many months for administrators. Across the board percentages always sounds fair but never is.

Let's see what you are made of Mr. Cowan. Can you stand upright or will you continue to cower when it comes time to vote.

rumpunch
rumpunch

Salaries for non-campus personnel total about $125 million. These departments need to start over on the budgets. By implementing a "new reality" we should not look at what we spent last year to justify the cuts. 30% cut in staff at administration seems like a lot, but what if the department is 50% overstaffed. Governments always use the percentage cuts.

What the administration needs to do is start from zero and have every director justify every dollar they need. Some departments may need 75% cuts some only 10%. Some salaries are at private sector levels. Sorry this is the new reality. Its hard to get private sector salaries in the private sector anymore. They will have to learn to do more with less. Many departments have only 2 staff and one is a secretary.

What the departments staffing and budgets were previously is not part of the "new reality".

Anonymous
Anonymous

This "new reality" is something that businesses and households have already internalized. The budget problems at DISD could be solved painfully but effectively if the decisions were not made by people who seek re-election and campaign donations for other political offices. The problem is that DISD looks at certain things as untouchable. Re-districting and closing some schools are not even on the table for the most part. It's also off the table to stop spending money buying land and constructing new schools (see my comment about trustees who need campaign donations). So they take the biggest "variable" line item in their budget and just say "alright, I guess we need to cut that". And since administrators are the ones who make the recommendations, they generally don't favor cutting their ranks.

heyheymama
heyheymama

This daisy-chain of Robert's Unfair Park posts, readers' indignation, position papers from the DPFE, and incumbent re-elections will continue to spin so long as no one comes forward to stand for election.

TimCov
TimCov

With that many teachers gone? How many administrators will be let go?Also, for the people that want to cut athletics, how many more drop-outs are you willing to accept. I remember that there were quite a few students in my high school that the only reason they went to school and attempted to pass classes was to play sports. As far as football went, it actually paid for itself at my high school (ticket sales, etc.) and several other programs. I actually loathe sports were people are chasing and fighting over a ball. But, they do serve a purpose. If you want to cut athletics, are you also willing to sacrifice music and art programs?

Anna
Anna

I'm a teacher in Dallas ISD. I have to say, there are certain things that they are considering doing that are going to really bite them back in the long run. For example, I understand that they may need to cut salaries, and take away stipends. And most of us will stay with the district - I mean, where else will we go? But in a few years, when the economy improves, we're more experienced, and the stipends come back..... that's another story. When jobs outside the district are available, people will leave. They won't want to stay in a district with the painful memories of being underemployed, but working just as hard.This is my 4th year teaching. At my salary, a 15% cut will reduce my salary by $6750, putting it down to only $38250. I have a 4 year degree, and I'm a grad student. I have all the certifications needed to be highly qualified. But they want to reduce things down to the point of me being paid over $2000 less than I was paid the FIRST YEAR that I taught! Other people with bachelor degrees already make twice as much as I do, but they want to cut me down even more.... In addition, they're looking at taking away the stipend I make. That's another $4000 a year. I need that money to make ends meet the way things are today. Reducing things by over $10,000 a year? It will reduce the money I make to where my rent payment will be in danger. Do they want to have homeless teachers? Or how about teachers with repossessed cars who can no longer make it to work? Or maybe they're hoping to lose teachers because they can't afford childcare any more...I'm not saying I will be one of the ones to leave the district. But there has to be other ways to fix things. An even percentage cut over the teacher's salaries will hurt thousands of people, but it will hardly touch others. Cutting less from us and more for the highly-paid administrators will hurt everyone, but in a way that is much more fair. This really does need to be considered.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Merit pay is pointless. It accomplishes NOTHING, and there is a ton of research to prove it, so the TEA party puts merit pay back in the budget.

Yeah, the top salaries get cut from $200K to $180K and that is equity? That is nothing. To be fair with the slaughter of teachers, cut administrative pay by a least 50%.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Cowan voted to keep Hinojosa when the majority of people in Dallas wanted him gone.

Point2: Cowan sat and allowed Hinojosa to give his crony buddies (Claudia Rodriguez is the spouse of one of Hinojosa's best friends) huge raises in Dec.

Point 3: Cutting teacher salaries even 10% puts them back at square 1. A teacher with 10 years experience will now make less than a teacher with NO experience, while administrator salaries could be cut in half.

An across the board cut in salaries puts those at the bottom in peril while it is a mosquito bite to those at the top.

Cowan was elected to do something before now about the mess in Dallas. So far, he has done nothing.

When does the "best" teacher who stays get that 10 years of experience and salary back? NEVER????????????????? What Hinojosa and the legislature is attempting to do is a charter play that leaves the crud at the top while teacher salaries are $40K or below. That is where all this is going. $300K a year superintendents, $200K a year "friends of Hinojosa" and teachers with 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE making $40K.

Why would any of our young people ever again even think of going into education? Or is that Wendy Koop's plan to put colleges of education out of business?

There is a play within the play that no one is understanding. This is part of a Republican grand plan to eliminate teaching as a profession. In their future, it is something TFA grads do for a couple of years to be replaced by other TFA grads who do it for a couple of years.

Cowan waking up at this point is rather lame. HInojosa has been spending millions on consultants while paying his chief staff top salaries. Why the need for consultants? Why the need to replace the communications system at this point?

Cowan needs to wake up to the Grand Plan put in place by those who believe teachers should make $35K a year and make up the rest in merit pay. Good--in the future, Dallas will not be able to find teachers. We can shut down the departmens of education in this state.

That is the Republican plan. Get it Cowan????? Wake up yet???? If you don't get, go ask the Bush Institute or TFA or the Gates Foundation. This is the future of education for your children too.

Jubilee Parker
Jubilee Parker

The DISD could save a chunk of money in Jubilee Park alone. They seem to still be hellbent on acquiring people's homes for a new O.M. Roberts elementary school. It has been demonstrated in this very publication that they can build the new school without taking anybody's home and without moving the children to other schools while they tear down the existing school and build a new one. See it here.http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...The citizens of Dallas need to hold the DISD accountable in their spending, lack of planning and foresight, and their short sightedness in planning on layoffs instead of spending cuts. There should be a public audit of how they are spending taxpayer dollars. They answer to nobody and are never held accountable. Didn't they just remedy a similar situation in Egypt?

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

In the last four days we have received over 60 responses to our plea for help from the public to "Tell Us How DISD Can Keep the Budget Axe from Falling on Our Children " at www.dfpe.org

Please keep the suggestions coming.

Our group, which includes attorneys, cpa's and school finance experts, will compile the suggestions for the Administration and Trustees to consider in time for the suggestions to be fully considered and implemented in the new budget-cutting process.

The public has a voice that needs to be heard. Please help today.

Joanne Rhone
Joanne Rhone

So, why did DISD trustees give the brand new HR director a $30k raise 8 wks ago? She had no HR experience. She had been promoted on 6mo earlier into the HR director position. Never having worked in HR before. And, her new position paid her 40% more than her prior position. When Trustees gave her the $30k raise 8 wks ago, only 6months into her job, she became the highest paid HR director in Texas education. Higher than UT Austin' HR director.

Was that a payment of some sort from Hinojosa for her coverup of something?

If DISD Trustees would cut all administrative personnel's salary in half, they could save a bundle. From their secretaries in Ross Admin bldg, all the way up to their Finance Director. They are all paid higher than most private sector salaries.

I seriously do not believe any of them would walk out because there is massive unemployment everywhere in the Country. Everyone of them are darn lucky to have a job and to have benefits.

Preston Holler
Preston Holler

Why won't SOMEONE tell us how much cutting athletics will save the District? Is our "New Reality" suppose to be great athletes and poor scholars?

Why won't SOMEONE tell us how much cutting the building of new schools will cost?

Can SOMEONE explain to me why the "New Reality" is classrooms with 50+ students, yet DISD is building new schools with classrooms that only seat 25-30?

SOMEONE (anyone) in the media, please, please, please, please ask Hiney to answer these two questions so that we can call his bluff:

"Dr. Hinojosa: You state that the "New Reality" is classrooms the size of 30 -60 students. Yet, each and every middle school and high school in the District have classrooms that only seat 25. How much will it cost the District to renovate each and every high school and middle school in the District?"

"Dr. Hinojosa: No other District in Texas or even the entire nation that is adocating going to 50-60 students per classroom. Why is it that every other District in Texas is managing this problem without this draconia step?"

This fiasco was not caused by the children of this District. It was caused by 1) administration stupidity and 2) awarding construction contracts to Hiney/Trustee cronies. The children should not take the hit for this fiasco by being hred into classrooms with 50 kids in them. 3700 Ross and construction contract need to take the hit.

Joshua
Joshua

Then how about the DISTRICT sell tickets to all events at a HUGE price to see these great teams compete, and parents get to PURCHASE Season Tickets if they aren't on food stamps, and Illegal Alien kids can't play sports on the team.

Make changes that bring revenue, or cut costs ...but the end of the day...it is about ACADEMICS, not social experimentation and Friday Night Lights.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Fred- you are what is wrong w/ America. Bond money is not related to the general budget??? By that logic, if you're on a sinking ship and you take some water out of the boat and separate it out into a bucket that's sitting on the deck, your ship will sink more slowly?

trashtalk
trashtalk

Then Fred, what are you willing to do to produce more income for public education? Want to vote Republican again? Or did you vote at all?

Hinojosa has everyone fighting over cutting teacher salaries when the actual problem is that public education cannot exist on so few dollars.

Cowan is sidestepping that issue to decide how to cut teacher pay. That is what Hinojosa is doing in Austin as we blog.

"Give me the right to cut teacher pay and we'll put this all to rest."

It won't work that way.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Zero-based budgeting will go NOWHERE. Every department down there will make up some vapid excuse of why they even need to exist.

Example: parent advocacy and choice needs to be campus based with existing campus staff. Instead, Hernandez, who was released from failing North Dallas, wasn't fired like low performing teachers are. He was given a new kingdom to lead.

Zero-ing out the budgets on Ross Avenue will do nothing. They will all reinstate their kingdoms and their salaries with Hinojosa's approval. If these were not his friends or poltical allies, they wouldn't be there.

As far as private sector "New Reality," --very painful for those who were above $100k to take much less, but that is not an analogy to paying teachers 10-15% less. They will be in a salary band with those who hold a GED.

Why no push back to the TEA Party? Did they really mean to close down public and higher education in Texas? Are any of them planning on being elected again--EVER?

trashtalk
trashtalk

Stopping all construction at this point won't free up bond money for operations. That the state legislature pulled this in January when budgets for schools are due in June has gotten no press.

The handwriting was on the wall last year at this time. Why didn't Perry tell people the truth instead of lying through his teeth?

Why weren't Dallas trustees cutting back on consultant pay and administrator raises a year ago? Are any of them literate enough to read the state budget and a multitude of articles?

Why do they and Hinojosa wait for every crisis before acting? Other districts were at least trying to manage this.

At the end of the day, no district in Texas can manage this bomb. Republicans apparently hate public education and want it go away. There needs to be a response to that aside from deciding whether a 10% or 15 % cut to teacher pay will suffice.

The problem is not manageable this late in the year, and it's probably not manageable period without a tax increase. We can't move poor Dallas kids into higher ed if tuition continues to rise and grants disappear.

There are many who don' want these kids to go anywhere and they are cutting them at the knees before they have a chance.

Cutting teacher pay shouldn't be under discussion.

And Flo, you will go. Count on it.

Joshua
Joshua

CUT EVERYTHING TO DETERMINE THE MINIMUM POSSIBLE BUDGET.If you get the money, keep the highest priority stuff, and do not offer the other.

Money is FINITE.....Educational services have to rise or sink to meet the money in a PUBLIC School. If that doesn't work for you, homeschool or private school. There are no other options no matter how much it wads up your underwear.

trashtalk
trashtalk

And what will be the dropout effect of having 50 kids in classrooms built for 30? Whining about how athletics holds kids in place is so original. By the way, a fine arts credit is now necessary to graduate. Playing football is not.

Joshua
Joshua

Be glad you are not retired and trying to live on Social Security you paid in years ago, but has NO cost of living increases for three years altho it is the LaW to do so.

Your teacher's retirement plan will go under water too when the HUGE number of English only teachers retire to make room for the influx of Spanish as the native language younger teachers with NO cares for the kids...just jobs.

Joshua
Joshua

Forgetting your compensation for a moment. Are ALL of your kids making A's, doing all their homework and assignments on time, sitting in class on time and not distrubing others, understanding the material and consequently NOT moving on and dropping out. Do you KNOW them personally enough to respect anything about them, or are you just a education jockey with a college degree and a full time JOB. Teaching is not for everyone...but go outside the district and YOU will still be the same as you are now, and the next district will be the same towards you as well.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Cowan and the oher trustees haven't even bothered to look at teacher salary schedules. If they cut even 10% in Dallas, teachers with ten years experience will make much less than a beginning teacher in Irving.

Cowan sat there like a huge dummy and voted to keep this superintendent who had already blown a hole in the budget and wasn't fired. He sat there while Claudia, with no experience, was given a $32K raise.

Cowan, are you just slow, or you don't get it or what? BANKRUPTING teachers by lowering their salaries 15% has the same effect as firing them!

RS1963
RS1963

Texas residents need to understand that the Republican party is very much against public education. Obviously, they don't care for teachers and their "unions", but for many of them, public education is "the devil's work". All that humanism and stuff.

Starting with some of the State Board of Education members who don't even have their own children in public schools, down to podunk right-wing legislators from West Texas (or Mansfield...) who don't like what is being taught in schools, and who consider teachers to be "elitists".

No matter how much Perry spouts off about the importance of education, it's clear that neither he nor the Republican party cares on iota about it.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

I'm sad to say that I think incentive pay should be done away with. I know my wife appreciated getting it, based on improved scores in her school, but it did not effect her performance. I think teachers who are good, bust their asses because they care. We just did our taxes, our family spent over 1,000 in unreimbursed expenses for the classroom. Why would we do that? It's because they care.

My wife does not work for DISD.

In DISD, the top tier of salaries should take a cut, a big one, before any teacher loses a job or a dime.

Joshua
Joshua

Go take a look at the District FOOD LADY who is so close friends with MICHELLE OBAMA.....kick her and her entire organization out....VERY HIGH PAYROLL..OH, SHE IS HISPANIC??

scottindallas
scottindallas

Not to disagree too strongly, but Irving is cutting 600 teachers and other districts will likely follow. This is in a way premature, we haven't seen the budget that the State will produce, so we don't know what the funding will be. Hiney deserves some credit for seizing this moment and driving this discussion. Hopefully, the wishes of the people will be heard and teachers can be retained and the greatest cuts can come off the top. Funny Europe celebrates its old schools and buildings and we raze them. I understand there's a functional life, but you'd think in-house maintenance could go a long way to preserving these venerable schools.

Mike
Mike

Actually, the problem was caused by Perry utilizing Federal stimulus alloted to Educational spending to pad the Texas budget. As a result Dogget mandated that in order to recieve educational money he would have to show proof of money to be strictly used for education up until 2013. Perry has refused stating it violates the Texas Constitution.

Oh and in 2006 our property tax cut was to be offset by a Business Franchise Tax. Well, it didn't bring much money in. So, we're screwed. This along with the recession caused this deficity.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Preston Holler, you ask how we can fit 60 students in a classroom that holds only 25 seats? The answer is obvious - DISD will do what they always do, build new schools with larger classrooms.

Follow the money...

Joshua
Joshua

There are NO unbiased studies that prove that SMALL classes harm anyone in public schools above the 4th grade. NONE. It is a myth from the teachers that do not want to try to manage unruly kids...which is ANOTHER problem.

No Proof that extensive Pre-K education has ANY affect on progressive educational success after elementary school either. This is simply child care with Teachers that are unprepared to teach advanced curricula....that is a bunch of Feel Good ladies.

trashtalk
trashtalk

This isn't the New Reality. Hinojosa is scaring the public into willingly allowing him to cut teacher pay. 10% off his salary won't be missed. A teacher making $52K after 10 years of service will now make less than one with no experience.

Look at the damned salary schedule, Board "Trustees." This is where you have lead the profession--straight into poverty while you sat there and handed out huge raises to Hinojosa's cronies.

Every trustee needs to be replaced. You are trading huge layoffs for across the board poverty for teachers, and you are too stupid to even see what Hinojosa and every other superintendent is up to.

The state legislature can damned well raise taxes. A couple of pennies on every gallon of gas spreads the pain. Instead, everyone acts like more taxes is not an option.

Well, then let's reverse the schedule and fire every superintendent in the state and go ahead and close down the schools.

Want to play chicken, Perry and Hinojosa? Then let's put you out in the streets.

TEA party? It's your last party.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

You have hit the sacrid cow of the school system-athletics. In the past years I have commented on the costs associated with just football I have yet to see any answer fromt the schools on how much of thier budget goes to sports.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Apparently not many of you have attended DISD athletic events. At $5 a ticket there aren't many specators except at some schools like White, Hillcrest and Woodrow - which is still able to fill the stands at some games.. I've seen a large crowd for DISD basketball championships at Jesse Owens but even then the upper deck was empty.

So I don't think your season ticket idea is really going to work.

I agree that academics and teachers should come first but I don't think very much is spent on sports - does anyone have numbers?

Joshua
Joshua

Hate to break the news to you, but BOND money is not related to the general budget. Is a function of taxpayer money to retire physical plant improvements....It has been that way for YEARS friend. They are trying to BUILD NEW BUILDINGS with BORROWED MONEY (like the Obama budget) to reduce the ongoing operating costs of Maintenance and Utility expenses which ARE budget items.

Learn about this stuff...it is why we get to talk about it...and blamiing some political party of the other is just hogwash....you have a school board and citizens problem who are operating under a bunch of unfunded Federally Mandated Social programs pandering to special interest VOTERS.

How about EDUCATION for the KIDS...not the contractors, consultants, human resource jokers and counselors and sports coaches.

Rumpunch
Rumpunch

Our job is to ensure that their vapid excuses go nowhere. If Hinojosa signs off on them, then it is Hinojosa who will answer for it.

He cannot do anything without the trustees approval.

Kennetron
Kennetron

That's not true. Physical education is a requirement for graduation and since the state is phasing out P.E., athletics is required for graduation. Athletics is not the enemy. I teach Film/Broadcast and Advanced Web Mastering and also coach wrestling. It's a great part of what we do and we provide great character building/leadership training in our sport as well as just competition. Come take a look at the programs before you blast them and call for their removal. Ask athletes, in a society where (even in Frisco) absent fathers are very much an issue, what a high school coach meant to them and helped them in their development as a human and a student. I am very much a teacher first and was in the top 1% of both my high school and university. Cutting programs will drive teachers from this district.

Mike
Mike

Thank you,

You're increasing class sizes. Teachers are going to attain a second job or reinvent by going back to school on loans. Do you really think they are going to teach during the day?

Mike
Mike

Oh no,,, They basically feel that it consist of people not paying into the system. There is no accounatability. In addition, they want the feds to pay for it (But of course with no strings attached)

Joshua
Joshua

WHAT A PILE OF BIGOTTED CRAP.OBAMA IS GOING TO THROW HUGE MONEY INTO SPECIAL CONTRACTS AND CALL THAT EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT....UNIONIZING THE CAFETERIA AND JANITORS IS NOT IMPROVING EDUCATION.

Get over the insanity of GOP hating ANYONE. Not MUCH is being taught in most of the classes...the AP classes are the only ones worth squat. That is not a Republican issue any more that busing for free everyone to and from school and feeding everyone free food is a Republican idea....how is ANYONE actually getting better educated from throwing away food and being cooped up on a school bus with kids for an hour each way.

trashtalk
trashtalk

Hinojosa threw a temper tantrum with everyone to blame but himself. He doesn't drive discussions on anything. He was also lying through his teeth when he inadvertently pretended that the state legislature would have to change law to lower salaries--and didn't explain the law only applies to teachers, nurses, and librarians.

If Cowan had a couple, and since he wanted to be board president, he would drive discussions of a new day regarding the bloat at the top of the district.

However, Cowan doesn't seem to want to put too much effort into anything. He simply shows up and eats whatever Hinojosa passes out--crow, lies, fabrications, raises for central staff.

As far as old buildings, much more concerned about how we educate the students of the future after Cowan has agreed to give teachers a 15% salary cut.

And no one has mentioned the Teach for America contract. Is that null and void, or is it the intention to fire or play slash and burn and replace with Wendy's robots?

If TFA comes in at the bottom salary minus 15%, that will put them at around 35k. They work for real cheap, have been told never to talk about the horrible conditions or leadership or lack of supplies in Dallas schools, and then disappear in two years.

Is that the "new reality," Eric? Cause they are not sticking around long enough to register and vote for you again, but those teachers living in Oak Cliff have long, very long memories. And all of your constituents who are forced to use these schools are not happy with any of the options you have described.

It appears Cowan has been sleep walking through life up to this point.

Mike
Mike

You're actually wrong. Read more. Also, would you want a class of 35 middle or high school children in this Age of Deliriums. Come on.Also, well pre-k needs to be elliminated. It is bonified daycare.

RS1963
RS1963

Wow! It must be nice to live in your fantasyland where you can just make stuff up as if it were "facts".

Mike
Mike

RightNAACP rep wants Hino to reduce his pay by 160,000.Oh and property taxes are going to be raised anyway to subsidize the deficit in unemployment. Which will be horrible after all the teachers apply for funding.

Joshua
Joshua

Reduce "assistant principals", teaching aids, counsellors, coaches, rotate school nurses around multiple schools, use teachers for traffic and entry logging in of kids in mornings.Use the staff more fully with multiple jobs and less job description foolishness.

Any teacher that cannot manage a class room and keep it in control...fire them.

trashtalk
trashtalk

There is $10 million spent in Dallas. Every superintendent is refusing to consider cutting athletics just like they are refusing to cut their own staff. Hinojosa still has two admins left. Cut them and let him answer his own phone.

Exactly what purpose does Arnold Viramontes serve except to hold Hinojosa's hand?

Unload Ross Avenue before cutting anything. That can be the New Reality.

Anonymous
Anonymous

can someone explain where the money comes from that pays interest on these bonds? or do people lend money to DISD out of the goodness of their hearts? money used to pay interest can go elsewhere. you can put money into as many buckets as you want, but there's only so much cash at the end of the day. and if you tell me DISD spends money to save money, save your breath, as I can assure you I will not believe a word of it.

Joshua
Joshua

Don't allow the State to "phase out PE then"....the kids are FAT. They NEED PE everyday not sports teams. They need PE instructors, not sports coaches. Go look at the COACH OFFICES and notice how this bunch of do nothings provide nothing else except working with the team kids. PE is for everyone, and is both life changing and healthy.

Kennetron
Kennetron

I guess you missed my point. I never said anything about sacred cows. Just that our programs aren't the trash you appear to make it. Seriously, come by and see for yourself. You're invited.

trashtalk
trashtalk

You are top 1% and you think the state is phasing out PE? Only one PE credit is needed, and it doesn't have to be an expensive athletic program. Now cheerleading is allowed to be "taught" during the class day. Great waste of money.

All good teachers build character and leadership. Athletics is not some sacred cow of moral development."Cutting programs will drive teachers from this district." REally? Really? Did you vote in November, or were you too busy building character?

If Egypt just removed a ruthless dictator held in power by torture, what are the odds of removing the TEA party from Texas?

Which is more important? Bogus ideology or public education? Why hand these pathetic legislators the family farm without a fight?

The pushback from the public needs to be on the Rainy Day fund and increased taxes.

Mike
Mike

Wow, please review facts and just stop mindlessly following Republican campains. They don't care about color just as long as it is green. Programs should be cut such as free food, summer school, after school. Simply because taxpayers are fitting the bill for children who are receiving AFDC already and parents need to take some accountability for the education of thier kids.

Joshua
Joshua

Let private businesses and parents fund athletics....used to be that way before we started feeding, busing, and counselling kids to death. Bring back PE. Get rid of food cafeterias. Use public transportation.

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