12,353 Fewer Public School Jobs In Texas (And Counting)

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Ed. note: This is a running count. Check the end of the diary for updates on the total. Latest is 12,372.

“There is no bunk in these numbers.” 

Today, the Texas Progressive Alliance — a large group of Democratic and progressive bloggers in Texas — released a preliminary tally of school district job cuts and resignations in just 60 school districts in Texas. TPA emphasized that this is a working document, and there are likely many, 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 represented at the list at the bottom of the post, please leave a comment and let us know! 

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  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  The Monitor, 4/8/11 
Plainview 10  KCBD, 4/6/11
Plano  344  Dallas Morning News, 3/29/11 
Post 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  KCBD, 4/6/11
Slaton 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)  KTXS, 4/5/11 
TOTAL  12,353   

UPDATE #1: Diboll ISD, 5 more. New total – 12,358. Source – KTRE, 4/27/11

UPDATE #2: Refugio ISD, 14 more. New total – 12,372. Source – Refugio Country Press, 4/25/11

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

6 Comments

  1. peter the bellhop on

    tough all over
    I read last week about Vancouver's school district, yeah Canada, that they HAD to by carbon credits totaling $425,500.00 which could have been used to employ another five or so teachers there. They'd rather pay some billion dollar company carbon credits than to have more teachers for the kids.

  2. GOP game plan…
    They want to gut public education, so that they'll have a poorly educated public who will work longer hours for less money.  Of course, they'd really be happy if they could return to the “good old days” of the Confederate slave economy.

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