"Numbers Become Faces": Hinojosa Talks About Friday's Layoffs And Why "It Could Get Worse"

Superintendent Media Availability (4/29/2011) from Dallas Independent School Dist on Vimeo.

As the Dallas Independent School District was sending word Friday that it had just laid off 203 from central administration, and eliminating another 247 presently unfilled positions, Dallas Independent School District Michael Hinojosa was holding a press conference at 3700 Ross explaining why it was necessary and painful -- and far from the end of the cuts to come. The district has posted the entirety of that video.

"We're losing a lot of talent today," says the super, as you'll see above "These people have been dedicated to Dallas ISD, and they provided a lot of services that go unsung. A lot of people want to bash certain positions in the district as being unimportant, but all of these individuals provided great service to our community and to our district and to our principals and to our teachers."

The super also discusses why "time is running out" for those so-called flexibility bills at the state Legislature that would provide the district, and others throughout the state, the ability to schedule furlough days and salary reductions. In response to WFAA's Brett Shipp, the super also lights into the Lege for not addressing "the structural deficit that exists ... They are kicking that can down the road, so it's not going to go away, but some people, I guess, this is what they want."
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StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

What DISD won't tell the voters and taxpayers is that while good employees get fired they move forward with their plans to purchase real estate to replace newly renovated schools. (It seems that DISD is in the Land Development Business not the Education business) Brand new schools...and no teachers great thinking DISD.

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Danger, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal.

Their stealin’ and being sneaky boy it’s been creepy! It can make you dizzy and sleepy but, we got them up in a tizzy. See they have a heart of stone, and won’t leave us alone invading our schools and homes!

So, ya’ll please help us all! Before you go the mall, down the hall or Montreal give DISD a call don’t let them waste any more of your tax dollars on their twisted plans.

We want Better Education! Better compensation for teachers! Better preservation of schools and neighborhoods!

To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org

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

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

oxford
oxford

Our DISD leaders showing a complete lack of class and compassion for those laid off this week.The Superintendent talks eloquently of their service to DISD while giving them 5 minutes to clear out their personal belongings under the watchful eye of the police. Unbelievable!!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

In today's high tech world the idea of treating our fellow Humans with Dignity Class and Compassion are a courtesy and in this case a luxury that couldn't be extended when a operation PINK SLIPS 204 people in an instant.

No reflection on the folks that are gone but the DISD went into essentially a lock down mode as a way keep a volatile situation from exploding in their faces.

oxford
oxford

How about a complete lack of class and compassion for those laid off this week.The Superintendent talks eloquently of their service to DISD while giving them 5 minutes to clear out their personal belongings under the watchful eye of the police. Unbelievable!!

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

The district has remarkably poor record of personnel and cash management in the last 5 years. Student achievement is stagnant if not declining. The Trustees, during this time, showed a marked lack of ability to hold the administration accountable and to protect the taxpayers from waste. Transparency was a dirty word. The State budget funding crisis may give the Administration and Trustees the opportunity to make some much-needed short-term and long-term changes. Are they up to the task?

Some food for thought:

How Education Reform Traps Poor Children By Alfie Kohnhttp://www.dfpe.org/documents/...

The Pedagogy of Poverty Versus Good Teaching By Martin Habermanhttp://www.dfpe.org/documents/...

Rt76209
Rt76209

I've come to a thought that might make people more inclined to think long term-if an organzation is in a position to be forced to lay off employees, the first people on the list should be the people that got that organization into that position. So, how 'bout the entire school board and upper administration submit resignations, having recognized their complete incompetence?

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