School Gun Bills Are Bad Policy

The Michigan Senate has hastily approved a set of bills that will further place children at risk, whether they reside in Detroit or DeTour Village in the Upper Peninsula. Our President Ivy Bailey has penned an op-ed that has been published in the Michigan Chronicle and The Detroit News.

DFT discusses importance of black male teachers on "American Black Journal"

Three committed Black male educators about the need for more men to enter the field of teaching. Each is a DFT member:

·         Terrence Martin, Detroit Federation of Teachers, executive vice president

·         Quan Neloms, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, teacher  

·         Ben Dirden, Communication & Media Arts High School, teacher

Update on 3% case before Supreme Court

This week’s 3% hearing before the state Supreme Court has not come to a conclusion. We are tracking developments and will report them ASAP. Here is a great opinion piece on the subject penned by AFT Michigan President David Hecker and MEA President Paula Herbert. 

"If returned to the educators who earned it, the half-billion-plus dollars the state has illegally taken would have a tremendous positive impact for individual families and the state’s economy," they write.

School Social Worker of the Year!

Congratulations to our own Cande Tellez-Uzarek of Western High School. She's 2017 Michigan Association of School Social Workers School Social Worker of the Year. Tellez-Uzarek is a social worker at Western High School and a 25-year veteran of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
 
She was presented with her honor on November 2, 2017 at the Lansing Center.