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A Wrenching Scene

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Dallas Layoffs.bmpCNN is reporting that the Dallas Independent School District has just laid off 375 teachers. The Dallas Morning News is broadcasting scenes of sobbing elementary school children embracing departing teachers: early and wrenching examples of fallout from the current economic crisis.

Update:  In a message to Alexander Russo, Dallas Morning News reporter Kent Fisher attributes the firings to the district's math errors rather than to the lousy economy.

The children are LOSING their mentors

It saddens me most that the national media has only gotten wind of this story today, AFTER these teachers were fired.  This story has been in the eye of the city of Dallas for almost a month.  The people have begged and pleaded with local, state, and federal agencies to not let these teachers be fired.  We've been screaming for this cause for the sake of the students.  Have you seen the videos?  The children are LOSING their mentors.  It is shameful I say.  Shameful!