Your First Look at DISD's 2011-'12 Budget, Which Cuts $90 Million and Reinstates Full-Day Pre-K (On Most Campuses, Anyway)

From today's first look at the proposed 2011-'12 Dallas ISD budget
As promised earlier today, on the other side you will find the entirety of the Dallas Independent School District's proposed budget for the 2011-'12 school year, which was just released. And though it's still rife with cuts ("Staff has been reduced by 1,679 employees in this budget. These reductions have already occurred but we may have issues transferring staff into budgeted positions"), it's far from the worst-case scenario presented when Michael Hinojosa first began discussing having to make close to $300 million in cuts thanks to the state's shortfall.

And while no budget's been formalized down in Austin, district CFO Alan King is now looking at a budget short but $90 million -- from $1,251,386,750 this year to $1,160,776,750 next. Only two weeks ago we were told to expect closer to $120 million in cuts.

As noted this morning, full-on cuts to Montessori, academy and vanguard teachers that were proposed only two weeks ago have been scaled back. And the district is also adding back police and security officers are the behest of trustees; there will be one on every middle-school campus. High schools will also get to keep their study-hall aides and parking lot attendants and school monitors. But most important: Earlier threats to demolish full-day pre-K have been tabled ... at most schools, at least. According to King's budget, full-day pre-K will remain "at all locations except C.A. Tatum Jr., Stonewall Jackson, Lakewood, Jack Lowe Sr., Frank Guzick Elementary Schools." ProposedbudgetV50

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The people who think they aren't still making teacher cuts are falling for the District's spin on the budget. What they are saying - the district, the media - is that there are no "additional" or "further" layoffs. What this means is that there aren't going to be more layoffs than the ones already in the budget.

And they are still in there. Page 451. Keep in mind that the numbers seen per school will be reduced by the number of people that have retired/resigned at each school. This number is only for teachers, however; there are many other layoffs hiding in the campus staffing formulas.


Despite the "windfall" of $30M in fewer cuts, the Board of Trustees do not deem middle schools and high schools important enough to share the windfall with.  For $13M, they could have funded both at a 25:1 student-teacher ration.  They chose not to.  Middle schools, which are currently funded at 23:1, will be 27:1 in the Fall.

The new overage middle school (for kids who are still in MS but older than their classmates) is opening in the Fall.  They might as well just go ahead and designate a  few more of the middle schools as overage, too.  Save themselves the trouble of opening all the new ones they're going to need.

By the way, the Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee recommended that the Board cap staffing for middle and high schools at 25:1.  But, considering one CBAC rep can't even get his Trustee to return his calls, who's surprised the recommendation was ignored?


Pardon my ignorance, but how in the H-E-double hockey sticks does DISD have a budget that is larger than that of the city of Dallas?

DISD could save tons of tax dollars if they take a second look at the plans for O.M. Roberts.  During this budget fiasco DISD is demolishing good homes to put in parking lots in-between remaining homes!

DISD please use our tax dollars wisely! 

Not only has DISD recklessly destroyed a community they've mismanaged our tax dollars on this project. People Listen this is real and it could happen to your community! 

Our tax dollars are not being used for better education they are being used on a land development deals!   We demand better education! DISD STOP wasting our tax dollars!  STOP Destroying our neighborhoods! Danger, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal. To learn more visit  and StopDISD on Facebook. Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal. To learn more visit  and StopDISD on Facebook. Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab

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