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Dallas teachers’ union criticizes DISD’s spending, says $66K for meetings at lavish hotels should be trimmed before eliminating jobs
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011, 11:20AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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While school districts across the state are estimating the number of teachers they will have to get rid of because of budget cuts, the Alliance-AFT teachers’ union in Dallas says take a look at lavish spending first.

Dallas Independent School District training sessions and meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the landmark Infomart and the Anatole Hotel cost district taxpayers more than $66,000 last year, WFAA News 8 in Dallas is reporting.

Rena Honea, president of the teachers’ union, offered up alternatives to a $250 million budget reduction plan for the district that would cost 4,000 current district employees their jobs, a plan Honea finds unacceptable. The district has plenty of space on its 225 campuses for administrators and teachers to meet for free.

"This is the kind of fat employees are looking at," Honea told WFAA. "Take care of these things before you even look at a position or an employee to let go."

District spokesman Jon Dahlander said meetings are scheduled off campus only if space is not available at the scheduled time of the meeting.

Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or

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