Dallas ISD Trustees to Consider Paying $3 Million to "Excess" Employees Willing to Resign

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I see there's a special called meeting tonight of the Dallas Independent School District school board, where there's a single item on the agenda: "Discussion of Options to Deal with Excess Chapter 21 Employees." And what are Chapter 21 employees? They're the folks under contract with the district -- teachers, principals, librarians and counselors, chief among them. And right now, according to district spokesman Jon Dahlander, there are some 200 of them presently without positions in the DISD following the gutting that took place before the school year, which, thanks to the state, saw $67 million erased from the budget. Which is only the beginning: Next year, another $37 million will go away.

But despite the options set to be discussed at 6 this evening, it would appear the board already knows what it wants to do: At the bottom of Thursday's board meeting agenda is an item that reads, "Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve a Resignation Incentive, Not to Exceed $3,000,000 for Excess Chapter 21 Contract Educators if They Notify the District, in Writing, by November 1, 2011, of Resignation Effective January 31, 2012." Which is exactly what it sounds like: Following February's buyout offers, the district's offering yet another financial incentive to contracted employees willing to walk away.

Right now, Dahlander says, those still under contract but without proper positions are still reporting to their former campuses, where a principal might assign them a task if available -- anything from substitute teacher to teaching assistant to hall monitor. But the board would clearly like to stop paying them altogether, especially given the millions in cuts still forthcoming.

"This is a unique year, because we had to change class-size ratio at the secondary level to deal with the budget," Dahlander says. "And these contract employees, for whateve reason, have not been able to be placed."

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Proving once again that DISD is not an educational organization, its a jobs program.


The article needs to explain why eliminating jobs with standard severance is so expensive.  I'm guessing it has something to do with moving them off ISD rolls on to retirement rolls (laid off now and lose some retirement but get severance paid by ISD vs. hang on to January doing nothing, no severance but get higher retirement paid by state).

If true, state should just pass a law eliminating these cost shifting actions.  Overall city/state has to lose money or a teacher would not take it.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

These numbers are guesstimates but ought to be pretty close....

Forced placement costs $20M.

RIF 'em all costs probably exceed $7M.

Incent to resign (in January so teachers get another year of retirement - that's nice) with RIF and grievances probably closer to $3.5M.

Of course this type of decision isn't only about the money.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

It sucks that I have retired from angry ranting. This blog entry would be the perfect segue into a rant about a certain someone submitting his resignation.

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