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Fort Bend ISD layoffs

Unfortunately, I expect we’ll hear more stories like this in the coming months.

On Thursday, many teachers in the Fort Bend Independent School District got the letter they had dreaded.

It was notification from Rhonda McWilliams, the district’s chief human resources officer, that their jobs will be slashed after the current school year.

“Unfortunately, your position has been identified for reduction, and you will not be offered a contract of employment for the 2010-2011 school year,” the letter reads.

The layoff plan is targeting about 450 positions districtwide, including non-teaching jobs.

As we know, Fort Bend is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Does it make sense for them to be looking to shed employees, especially teachers, like this? Now, some of the commenters on that story are claiming that the FBISD administration is dysfunctional, and maybe that’s true. I don’t live there, I don’t know. I do know that their financial pressures are real, and that if we had a sensible school finance system, they wouldn’t be in such a tough situation. The question is, what are we going to do about that? The status quo isn’t working. It’s up to us to fix it. Juanita has more.

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  2. maye says:

    Its ironic that FBISD is cutting positions that service students but the superintendent was offered a raise…..and he accepted!!!

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  4. Sugar Land Sherry says:

    Not only was the superintendent given a raise – do you know that he gets paid a stipend every time he goes out to visit one of the schools in his district?? Does this make sense to anybody out there? Isn’t that part of his job? It’s a shame that poor decisions by our elected officials are now going to be carried on the backs of middle-class, overworked and underpaid teachers who do what they do because they have a PASSION for learning and kids! Let’s reward them for caring by taking their jobs 🙁