Dallas, TX—The Dallas Independent School District might be starting the school year without certified teachers in every classroom.
Trustee Elizabeth Jones spoke of the district’s recent past. “We closed 11 schools…A lot of the positions just went unfilled.”
Teachers in the Alliance/AFT aren’t happy.
“It’s very alarming that we don’t have every classroom with a certified teacher in it for the students on the first day of school,” President of Alliance/AFT Rena Honea said. “I know that’s the goal, but this will be the second year in a row.”
Some teachers are also upset with the new ‘pay for performance’ policy enforced by superintendent Mike Miles.
“More of our seasoned teachers and veteran teachers didn’t feel like it was the way our district should be moving,” Honea said.
As far as the vacancies, the district is on their way, but not without a scramble to hire 60 teachers between now and next week when school starts. Last year, they were more than 300 teachers short—the year before, 860 short.
“Our students deserve the very best,” Honea added.