DISD scheduling problems leave students in the dark

The only job more frustrating than being a teacher at certain DISD schools this week is being a counselor. DISD bought a new database system called Chancery, but evidently, they’re having trouble implementing it. And it’s causing ludicrous scheduling problems. We reported yesterday that students’ schedules at JL Long Middle School in East Dallas are all fouled up. But it’s affecting schools across the city.

I’ve heard reports that Skyline High School students have been deleted from the database, and that Thomas Jefferson High School randomly enrolled students into Mandarin Chinese, among many other problems.

Oak Cliff resident Susan Amason says scheduling problems at the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, where her daughter is a freshman, has made the first week of school a wash for many students there. "You have never seen so many confused kids in your life," she says. "Some of them have two sixth periods, but no fourth period, so when it comes to fourth period, they don’t know what to do. They just go sit in the cafeteria."

I put a call into the DISD pubic information office this afternoon, but they haven’t called back yet.

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