DPS Rumors of Bankruptcy [10.23.14]

DFT Members,

Many people are perpetuating rumors, which have absolutely no validity, that DPS is about to declare bankruptcy. THERE IS NO TRUTH attached to this, period.

The leadership of DPS personally assured me that it is not considering bankruptcy, and to do so would jeopardize its ability to borrow in the future.

I again respectively, but assertively, encourage members to stop listening to and spreading rumors, which does nothing but create a sense of panic among DPS employees and uncertainty among our parents and community.

When anything pertaining to DPS or DFT is discussed and addressed, the DFT will provide FACTUAL information to our members.

Respectfully and in Solidarity,

Keith R. Johnson, DFT President

Pick Your HAP Doctor [10.21.14]

At this point, 2,600 DPS employees have yet to choose a doctor and complete their Member Qualification Form, along with their Health Risk Assessment. Below is a link to HAP.org so DPS employees are able to choose a Primary Care Physician. This is essential to maintaining the Enhanced Plan and keeping the lower employee contribution.

The Find a Doctor link (orange button) on the page below now links directly into the HFHS Preferred network in Provider Search.


Additionally, on the premium plan page (link below), you can go directly to the HMO network in the Provider Search.


Acceptance for DFT Candidates for Office [10.20.14]

The DFT candidates for office have been sent deadlines for acceptances and statements. The acceptances and statements are due Monday, Oct. 27. These were sent out Oct. 13 and a second request will be sent today. If the candidates prefer to, they can come to the DFT office, 7700 Second Ave., Suite 427, Detroit, MI 48202, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and fill them out in person.

DFT Election Debate on Nov. 9 [10.20.14]

Three candidates running for DFT President will debate via telephone on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. To hear the debate, just answer your phone around 7 p.m. that evening.

You may email your questions until Nov. 8 to dftelection2014@gmail.com. The DFT Election Committee is conducting the debate between DFT presidential hopefuls Edna Reaves, Mershira Oliver and Steve Conn. The committee will not take live calls, so you must email your questions.

If you're not currently in the phone bank, or we don't have your correct number, and you want to be part of the debate, please email your correct number to dftelection2014@gmail.com.

Detroit School Board Candidates Forum Oct. 23 [10.13.14]

AFT Detroit is co-hosting a Detroit school board candidates forum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Greater Apostolic Faith Temple, 4735 W. Fort, in Detroit. For details [click here].

Detroit Teacher - October 2014

News in this issue of The Detroit Teacher:

  • Schauer Visits the DFT
  • Teacher Shortage is Early Warning Sign
  • Act Now or Pay Later
  • Putting TIP to Bed
  • Perfect Attendance Bonus for Bldg Reps

And more...[Download here].