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DISD considers more teacher workday changes

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There's a proposal on the table to make even more changes to the workday for Dallas teachers, a move the educators themselves are not in favor of.

Back in January, Dallas Independent School District trustees voted to extend the workday by 45 minutes. The policy was implemented in August.

On Thursday night they are expected to vote in favor of changing the language of the new policy to allow Superintendent Mike Miles to use his discretion on how many hours teachers work and how they are supposed to use that time.

Alliance AFT, Dallas' largest teacher's union, said most educators are against the changes.

When students go home at the end of the school day, they like to spend time grading papers, working on lesson plans, making phone calls to parents or tutoring students. With the extension of the workday, they've been forced to use the time instead on mandatory meetings with administrators and colleagues.

The teachers argue that's bad enough. But if there are no guidelines and rules in place on workdays, it could make an already long day at school even longer.

"They find it very difficult to be effective to meet the needs of the students because of the extra busy work that they're having to do for these additional meetings," said Rena Honea with Alliance AFT.

In an online survey conducted by the union, 93 percent of educators said the extra meetings have not been helpful and 98 percent are discouraged, exhausted and ready to leave DISD.

No one from the school board returned FOX 4's calls on Thursday.

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