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DISD considers longer teacher workday

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Dallas Independent School District trustees got an earful from teachers and Dallas County officials Thursday about a controversial proposal to extend the teacher workday by 45 minutes.

The teachers said their extra time in the day is already spent working on school-related tasks like tutoring students, parent-teacher conferences, grading papers and more.

 They said the attempt by the district to micro manage them with what they called "busy work" at compulsory meetings is counterproductive. They argued if the proposal goes through, it would be the students who suffer.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price voiced his frustration with the district, saying teacher morale is at an all-time low.

"They're afraid. They're terrified. They're afraid to come forward. The AFT, retired teachers spoke to it, but there are others out there who are afraid to come forward. They are terrorized in terms of their job. That's one of the reasons some of us are coming forward," Price said.

He said the teachers are also upset with the way new Superintendent Mike Miles wants them to teach students and they are concerned about recent firings of long-time employees including a former assistant superintendent who had been with the district for almost 40 years.

The trustees did not vote on the workday issue. They plan to discuss it more.

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