Rally Friday after school at Second Ave. and West Grand Blvd.

Our DFT rally for this Friday, May 22, takes on added importance -- The EM has just notified the union that he wants to discuss new concessions in health care and dental.

 Come to the rally at Second Ave and Grand Blvd as soon as you get out of school Friday.  Bring a sign.  Tell them we’ll accept no more concessions!  It’s time for improvements in teachers’ pay and benefits! See below for more.

ALERT: Building Reps

REMINDER DFT Building Reps: Please get your building rep election results in ASAP. The deadline is May 29. Our goal is to get 100 percent of our buildings represented. Let's push our goal of having representatives in all buildings and growing our union. If you need additional information, please contact Barbara Downey at bdowney@dft231.com.

School Reconsitution is NOT Reform !

Rally this Friday, May 22 at 4pm on Grand Blvd. at Second Ave.

The DFT will continue to press Snyder & Earley for our positive union program for REAL school reform, as voted on at our special mass membership meetings, including

  •   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!  (we are currently among the lowest paid teachers in the state!) 
  •   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!

We can win! We can turn around decades of attacks on our union and our schools!  But it is going to take all of us joining the fight! 

Come Friday after work!  Mobilize your entire school!   Bring your picket signs! Rally with other Detroit teachers, parents, students, and the community for first-class, quality schools. 

DFT Parent Flyer for Friday May 15 Rally

Click on this link -- or cut and paste into your browser

http://dft231.mi.aft.org/files/parent_flyer_0.pdf

DFT Rally FRIDAY After School at St. Regis Hotel on West Grand Blvd

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

313.303.1996

sconn@dft231.com 

Nominations for Goodfellows Teacher of the Year

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit’s Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest is underway! Detroit Goodfellows sponsors the contest to show its appreciation to Detroit Public School administrators, teachers and support staff who work so diligently to identify students in need of its holiday gift packages. The 101-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.” 

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