The troubled Dallas Independent School District last week made the painful decision to lay off 1,100 employees, including teachers in core subjects, to reduce an $84 million budget shortfall.

The DISD board voted 5 to 2 in favor of layoffs, with one abstention, as teachers protested outside the administration building. Non-contract employees will receive notices by Oct. 9. Contract employees, including teachers, will be notified Oct. 10-17. Contract employees will remain on the payroll until January.

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