Help Needed to Sort School Supplies

Three truckloads of schools supplies for Detroit teachers have been collected by WXYZ TV7 and Lou's Coney Island for Detroit and unloaded in a warehouse on Huber Road and Mt. Elliott. Help is needed to sort the supplies before they are distributed to teachers. The warehouse needs volunteers at these dates and times. Please email organzer Jill Kloc at jillkloc@gmail.com or text her at 248-885-7903 to sign up.

  • Feb. 13 Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 15 Monday 1 a..m. to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 16 Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 18 Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 19 Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 20 Saturday 10 a.m. 8 p.m.

Gov. Snyder's Budget Proposal

Proposed Budget is a Step in Right Direction; Doesn't Fully Fund True Cost of Education

"AFT Michigan has long advocated for increased funding for education at all levels. Additionally, we have been vocal about the state living up to its responsibility to pay the debt accumulated by state-appointed emergency managers operating Detroit Public Schools, without cutting funding from PreK-12, community college, and university funding or essential programs like mental health services and local government revenue sharing.

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Spain School Featured on the Ellen Show Today [2.11.16]

Spain Elementary School and its teachers will be featured today at 3 p.m. on the Ellen Show on NBC. Don't miss this episode. The school will receive the largest giveaway in the show's history of funds to go toward building repairs.

District Drops Lawsuit Against Teachers [2.10.16]

The Detroit Public Schools dropped its unjust lawsuit against 21 teachers earlier this week in light of mounting pressure and public attention around the conditions in schools and classrooms.

“The District finally realized this shameful action against teachers for simply speaking up for the interests of our students was nothing short of frivolous and hostile,” said DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey. “The District’s decision to dismiss the action against educators is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go to create the schools our community deserves.”

The lawsuit is still pending against Bailey and the DFT.

“The members of our community—that’s parents, students, educators and others—are coming together and acting around a real sense of urgency to ensure that our neighborhood public schools are great places to teach and learn,” Bailey said. “We will continue to apply pressure on DPS, and we won’t stop until we get the schools our children, our teachers, school employees and our city deserve.” 

Day of Action a Huge Success [2.10.16]

DFT members and our community partners held over a dozen walk-ins at Detroit Public Schools yesterday. We asked the community to come into our schools to see them firsthand and to support the re-investment of public schools in Detroit. Hundreds attended. The Day of Action cumninated in a candlelight vigil at Cass Park. Students, parents, clergy and teachers spoke about the momentum we are gaining to take back our schools from politicians and for-profit interests.

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