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More Than 12,000 Education Jobs Lost In Texas So Far—It Is Not Over Yet

The Texas Progressive Alliance — a confederation of the best politcal bloggers in Texas — has released a preliminary tally of school district job cuts and mass resignations in just 60 school districts in Texas.

(Above—Westlake High School in Eanes I.S.D. Eanes has lost at least 98 jobs in the current budget disaster.)    

This is a work in progress. There are likely many more jobs that have been eliminated since January than those represented below.

If you know of other ISD layoffs, job cuts, etc. that are not listed here, please leave a comment.

The following is from the TPA release:

AUSTIN—More than 12,000 Texas public school teachers, librarians, administrators, and support staff have left their school job in the roughly three months since the Texas Legislature released proposed budget figures for the 2012-2013 biennium, according to data released Tuesday by the Texas Progressive Alliance.

“There is no bunk in these numbers,” said Vince Leibowitz, chair of the Alliance, a group of progressive online activists including more than 50 netroots activists, bloggers, and online writers from across Texas. “These numbers are the cold, hard, truth and show precisely how significant an impact the proposed budget is already having on school districts across the state,” Leibowitz said.

More alarming, he noted, is that the more than 12,000 layoffs, firings, and voluntary or forced retirements represent only a fraction of the devastating toll the proposed budget is taking on public education. “These reductions come from a grand total of 60 of the state’s 1,234 school districts, less than five percent of all school districts statewide,” he noted. “Imagine how high this number will be when data is collected for all of these school districts,” he continued.

The Alliance collected the data from publicly available sources including newspapers, television stations, and other media outlets that cover Texas school boards. The data was compiled by members of the Alliance and includes districts from all parts of the state.

The data was released on the heels of an announcement by the Texas Legislative Budget Board that the proposed budget being considered by the Legislature will be the first since at least 1984 that does not adequately fund public school formula funding and makes no allowance for enrollment growth.

“Yesterday, Senator Ogden was quoted as saying that Texas school districts could ‘live with,’ five percent cuts,” said Charles Kuffner, Vice Chair of the Alliance. “Evidently, Senator Ogden and Republicans in the Legislature, Governor Perry, and our state leadership think losing 12,000 public school employees, increasing class sizes, and reducing the quality of instruction are worth living with. We do not,” Kuffner stated.

The Alliance will continue to track school district layoffs through the start of the 2011-2012 school year and today will ask readers of their blog to help them track this critically important number in ISDs across the state.

The TPA noted that, “as best as possible, the Texas Progressive Alliance attempted to avoid counting projected job loss figures. The numbers below should reflect jobs that have already been cut and positions that have promised not to be fulfilled. In some cases, news reports reported several totals of jobs reduced or positions not filled; in those cases, the Texas Progressive Alliance used the lowest and most certain of the figures.”

Here are the numbers and ISDs facing cuts, with sources:

School District  Job Reductions  Source
Abilene 14 Abilene Reporter-News, 4/4/11
Arlington 538 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4/7/11
Atlanta 14 KTAL 6
Austin 1,153 Austin American-Statesman, 4/6/11
Bay City 43 The Tribune, 4/25/11
Brownsville 275 The Monitor, 4/7/11
Canutillo 13 KVIA, 4/12/11
Cedar Hill 97 Dallas Morning News, 4/5/11
Clear Creek 17 The Bay Area Citizen, 3/11/11
Comal 92 New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, 4/5/11
Dallas 1,450 Dallas Morning News, 4/9/11 & Dallas Morning News, 4/9/11
Denton 274 Denton Chronicle, 3/23/11 & Denton Chronicle, 4/27/11
Eanes 98 Community Impact, 4/8/11
East Central 7 San Antonio Express-News, 3/25/11
Eastland 2 KTXS, 4/5/11
Ector 104 Odessa American, 4/11/11
El Paso 116 KVIA, 3/30/11
Floydada 5 KCBD, 4/6/11
Fort Bend 483 Click2Houston, 4/5/11
Fort Worth 553 KDFW, 4/12/11
Georgetown 142 KEYE, 3/3/11
Gorman 9 KTXS, 4/5/11
Hays 156 Hays Free Press, 3/23/11
Hitchcock 15 Galveston Daily News, 3/30/11
Houston 1,007 Houston Chronicle, 4/12/11
Hutto 74 Hutto ISD, 5/4/11
Irving 278 Dallas Morning News, 4/5/11
Katy 550 KTRK, 4/5/11
Keller 440 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/3/11
Killeen 200 KXXV, 4/8/11
LaJoya 22 The Monitor, 4/8/11
Lake Travis 28 Community Impact, 4/8/11
LaMarque 50 Galveston Daily News, 4/7/11
Lamesa 11 KCBD, 4/6/11
Leander 213 Austiin American-Statesman, 3/22/11
Lewisville 422 Dallas Business Journal, 4/25/11 & Who is Playin, 4/14/11
Lubbock 70 Lubbock Avalanche Journal, 3/27/11
Magnolia 179 KHOU, 3/23/11
Marshall 18 KTBS, 4/19/11
New Braunfels 127 KSAT, 4/7/11
North East 69 WOAI, 4/12/11
Northside 973 San Antonio Express-News, 4/27/11
Pasadena 340 Houston Chronicle, 4/6/11
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo 5 The Monitor, 4/8/11
Plainview 10 KCBD, 4/6/11
Plano 344 Dallas Morning News, 3/29/11
Post 8 KCBD, 4/6/11
Round Rock 280 Fox 7 Austin, 3/25/11
San Angelo 35 San Angelo Standard-Times, 3/26/11
Santa Maria 26 KRGV, 4/13/11
Shallowater 8 KCBD, 4/6/11
Slaton 5 KCBD, 4/6/11
Socorro 100 El Paso Times, 4/10/11
Somerset 73 San Antonio Express-News, 4/12/11
Spring Branch 350 Springbranch ISD, 4/6/11
Tornillo 13 El Paso Times, 4/10/11
Waco 200 KXXV, 4/8/11
West Oso 20 KIII, 3/10/11
 Wichita Falls 134 Wichita Falls Record-News, 4/2/11
Wyline (Abilene) 1 KTXS, 4/5/11
TOTAL  12,353 

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments