After the mass firings of more than 600 employees within the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) last week, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa offered a public apology to the teachers and everyone affected by the budget crisis that led to the decision. As reported by The Dallas Morning News, many were critical of Hinojosa’s speech given on Wednesday at the Community Symposium for Justice in Education.
Several teachers expressed their views about Hinojosa’s apology through blogging online. Many of those whom the Superintendent addressed in his public statement were teachers who were no longer with the district, and therefore not in attendance at the Symposium. For some of these individuals, the apology was too little too late.
One individual was identified by the Dallas Morning News as responding with feelings that Hinojosa should resign. Another insinuated that the apology was a simple afterthought, as opposed to being something sincerely felt by their former superior. Many teachers and others in the community are said to still be angry about the recent events that they say were unfair for faculty members as well as students who are now subjected to a lower quality of education.