Dallas ISD board votes to end extended teacher workday

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by WFAA

WFAA

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

DALLAS -- The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted to do away with a 45-minute extended workday Thursday night.

The extended day, which came with no pay increase, has been heavily criticized by many teachers.

The board voted 7-0 to pass trustee Carla Ranger's recommendation the district go back to the previous rule, which required a minimum workday of seven hours and 45 minutes. Trustees Bernadette Nutall and Adam Medrano were not at Thursday's meeting.

Rena Honea, president of Alliance-AFT, was moved to tears by the decision.

"[The teachers] have a history with this district. They are here for these kids," Honea said. "And they have continued - even with all the confusion and chaos that was referenced tonight - but they have heard the cries and it will be better for our students."

The change should take effect in January.

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