In an effort to offset their $84 million budget deficit, the Dallas Independent School District elected to cut jobs of over 500 teachers and staff. The decision ignited a string of protests from teachers, students, and others in the Dallas community who feared that the decision would lead to a decrease in the quality of education received by students. Others expressed views that the decision did not take the rights of teachers or students into consideration. As reported by Fox 4 News, new developments have contributed to a decrease in the number of faculty members set to unexpectedly lose their positions on Thursday.
More than 80 teachers voluntarily resigned their positions or decided to take an early retirement early this week. The decisions of these individuals helped to decrease the number of those who were set to be laid off from 550 to approximately 460. The 460 were originally scheduled to receive their pink slips on Wednesday, but the district decided to delay the layoffs until Thursday in order to ensure that certain teacher union related issues were resolved. Many in the Dallas community wait in anticipation for the final outcome of the layoffs.