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Latest DISD Budget Proposal Saves Teacher Jobs

By Susy Solis
|  Thursday, May 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:01 PM CDT
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State lawmakers decided to cut public education by $4 billion instead of $8 billion, so DISD will need cut less from its budget, saving some jobs.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

State lawmakers decided to cut public education by $4 billion instead of $8 billion, so DISD will need cut less from its budget, saving some jobs.

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Hundreds of teachers and support staff in the Dallas school district will keep their jobs under a budget proposal released Thursday.

State lawmakers have decided to cut public education funding by $4 billion instead of $8 billion.

Because of that, budget cuts in Dallas Independent School District's latest budget proposal shrunk to $90 million from $120 million.

"As I explained to the board, this is not good news, it's just better news," DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said.

In the proposal, 1,679 positions would be eliminated -- and there were no plans for any more teacher layoffs.

Hinojosa said about 1,000 of the jobs came from early registration and 200 were from central office layoffs. The remainder are vacancies that will not be filled.

The budget proposal, which was presented at a budget workshop Thursday, also restores all-day prekindergarten to all elementary schools.

School monitors and security guards at middle and high schools that were set to be cut would also remain at schools.

"I'm proud of our staff that we've managed this," Hinojosa said. "We prepared for the worst."

The DISD school board has yet to approve a budget.

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