Our political reporters note that last week’s budget deal reached late Friday included a repeal of the so-called Doggett amendment that will mean Texas schools can receive $830 million in aid aimed at helping keep education jobs. It’s unclear yet what this will mean for local school districts. Tarrant County area schools originally were set to receive $42 million to $60 million of those funds with up to $21 million going to the Fort Worth school district, depending on how the formula was calculated.
Tonight, Fort Worth school trustees are set to vote on employee cuts, eliminating 553 positions. Officials say some of those jobs are vacant and some will soon be after employees retire or resign at the end of the year. But the cuts include 167 positions that were funded with two-year stimulus money (which was used for pre-kindergarten and special education teachers and teaching assistants) or other short-term funds that are expiring.
Fort Worth (and many other districts) must notify certain professional staff – including teachers – by the end of this week if their contracts are to end. However, district officials have noted that if funding situation changes, they could recall teachers or staff later.