Dallas ISD Welcomes 1,500 New Teachers

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DALLAS -- Summer is winding down.  Yep, it's back to school season! And 1,500 K-12 teachers showed up at Fair Park Thursday for Dallas ISD's "New Teacher Academy," to get ready for their first year teaching in the district.

Vendors were there showing off everything from textbooks to classroom decorations, and a series of motivational speakers, including the interim superintendent Mike Hinojosa, addressed the crowd.

Whether these educators are fresh out of college or coming from other districts, they've got their work cut out for them.

DISD is the first in the area to start a program called the "Teacher Excellence Initiative," under which teachers will be paid based on performance rather than seniority.  Exactly how that performance is measured has been the source of some controversy. But hey, teachers don't do it for the money, right?

Whatever they're doing it for, they've only got a few more weeks to prep before school's officially in session.