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DISD eliminates longer workday for teachers

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DALLAS -

There was a major win for Dallas teachers Thursday night. Board trustees voted 7-0 to repeal an unpopular policy that added 45 minutes to the workday.

That means the educators can go back to the old policy that has been in place for years, requiring them to work a minimum of seven hours and 45 minutes each day.

Board members cited morale as the major reason for the about face.

"They are here for these kids and they have continued even with all of the chaos and confusion referenced tonight. But they have heard the cries and it will be better for our students," said Rena Honea with Alliance AFT.

The longer workday was approved under previous Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's administration. Current Superintendent Mike Miles had hoped to salvage part of it with a compromise.

His proposal would have kept the mandatory extra 45 minutes but given teachers more options on how they use the time.

But school board members didn't buy it.

"What we've seen is a real disconnect between how time is effectively used and just that the time has to be used," said Elizabeth Jones, a DISD trustee.

Several called it a mistake, saying it wasn't implemented with proper thought and planning and as a result teachers' time was being wasted.

"Sometimes we make a mistake and I think this is one of those times," said Nancy Bingham, a DISD trustee.

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