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Educating. Organizing. Mobilizing. That’s how Detroit Federation of Teachers members have spent the last few weeks. And our work is making a difference. Let’s stand together and keep our union strong.
A group of about 35 teachers, parents and community activists gathered at the Fisher Building Monday afternoon to present Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes with “The Public Schools All Detroit Children Deserve,” a platform document that outlines a community-driven vision for public education. You can read the community platform here in English, or Spanish.
Every Thursday, 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., tune in to “The Teachers’ Lounge” radio talk show on WHPR Comcast, channel 91, or online at www.tv33whpr.com/. Hosted by Detroit Public Schools teachers and Detroit Federation of Teachers union members, “The Teachers’ Lounge” provides a forum where members like you can voice concerns and discuss the future of DPS and how the community can be part of shaping and saving the school district.
This week, the show’s hosts—DFT members Leslie Carlis-Piper, Marnina Falk and William Weir—will be joined by DPS social worker Kim Travis-Ewing, who will weigh in on how the proposed legislation in Lansing will affect our schools, our students and the myriad services students need.
Check the DFT website calendar section for a schedule of weekly guests on “The Teachers’ Lounge.”
And don’t forget to tune in. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Call and tell your Senator to oppose the legislation that attacks Detroit Public Schools and to stand strong for the Senate Compromise. Tell him/her to Vote NO on House Bills 5383, 5384, 5387 and to stand up for legislation that adequately funds Detroit Public Schools to ensure our kids have the schools they deserve, local control is returned to the district and the community, and teachers and school staff have jobs.
Michigan House Republicans made it clear with their early morning vote that they plan to destroy Detroit’s public education system, take away the rights of educators and school staff, and bust the union. Under cover of darkness at 4 a.m. today, lawmakers passed some of the worst bills we have ever seen, all targeting the Detroit public school system—which overwhelmingly serves black and brown children.
The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.