Focus on resources in Detroit schools' new start: Detroit Free Press guest column by Ivy Bailey - April 21

If we are serious about improving public education for all children, we should invest in their schools and their educators. That’s why it is essential that we take a critical look at the resources we have available and how those resources are being allocated. 


WHAT'S NEW: Retirement Reminder for DFT Represented Employees

Please remember that eligible employees who retire effective July 1, 2017 or August 1, 2017 and whose irrevocable Separation from Service forms are submitted to the District's Human Resources Office (Fisher Building, 10th Floor) no later than May 1, 2017, will be paid $45.00 for each unused sick day in their sick bank up to one hundred (100) days, and $65.00 for each unused sick day in their sick bank for day one hundred and one (101) to two hundred (200) for a maximum payout of $11,000. Payout of sick time upon retirement does not include a payout from the catastrophe bank.


For questions concerning retirement, contact retirement counselor Patrick Falcusan at 313-875-6783, 313-683-6822 or 


This Month in DFT History

April 1994: Detroit Teacher reports that our President John Elliott has been selected as voting monitor for the historic South African election. Elliott will be one of 500 Americans in South Africa as observers for the April 26 start of balloting.

"Our job was to observe and take notes," Elliott said about the April 21- May 3 assignment."We were warmly received. They were strong (Nelson) Mandela supporters. They informed us of what they stood for and believed in."


Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.