Tell the EM that blaming teachers is not school reform! We demand fall placements and a pay raise now!
The DFT and the Detroit community will rally after school this Friday May 15 at the Hotel St. Regis 3071 West Grand Blvd at Cass Ave. This is the site of the interviews for teachers at the 8 DPS schools that are being “reconstituted.”
There is absolutely no evidence -- nationally or in Detroit -- that having teachers reapply for their positions does anything positive for students. In fact, it makes matters worse by adding to the instability and confusion at these schools, which is a major part of the problem.
The Detroit Federation of Teachers will continue to mobilize its members and the people of Detroit to stop this latest attack on our schools by the Governor and his Emergency Manager, just as we will stop the Governor's ""old DPS/new DPS" plans for our school district announced last week.
Detroit teachers and their union demand real solutions to the problems of education in our schools:
· Teachers notified of their fall placements by June 1 instead of in the late summer!
· A pay raise and unfrozen salary steps to attract and retain teachers!
· Lower class sizes! Books and supplies!
· Art, music, and phys ed. in every school!
· More support staff such as social workers, hearing/speech therapists, bilingual instructors, librarians, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and nurses!
In short, we demand schools equal in quality to those in the wealthiest suburbs. After the State has mismanaged our schools for 14 of the last 16 years, the State is obligated to provide us with these real positive reforms, instead of imposing another round of phony-reforms designed only to dismantle public education, and replace it with charter schools run by the Governor's rich corporate friends for the purpose of making huge profits.
Steve Conn, DFT President