DPS Plan to Reach Out to Every Student [6.11.14]

The Retention, Customer Service and Appreciation Campaign:

The district is continuing its year-round student retention and customer service programs. Our members' phone calls to families of children in the classrooms last December was a very positive part of this plan and we are asked to consider doing the same before the close of this school year.

I strongly encourage all of our members to participate in the retention initiatives, in particular the request to place a personalized phone call to all of the families of the children in your classrooms, with a short message to thank them for entrusting their children to DPS for their education and encouraging families to make the summer months a time for reading books, inquisitive exploration and participation in summer school and extended school year where it is appropriate. At the secondary level, there will be support to ensure that all calls can be made.

This personal touch will make a huge difference if we can do this across the district. 

-Keith Johnson, DFT president

2012-2016 Contract

A DRAFT copy of the 2012-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Federation of Teachers is available under RESOURCES on the DFT webpage.

Fights in the Classroom [5.13.14]

In light of the recent firing of a Pershing High School teacher for trying to break up a fight in her classroom, the DFT is getting calls on what should be done during fights.

  1. You must do something. Doing nothing is not an option. The students are in your charge and you must protect them. You can call or send someone for help.
  2. Do not leave the classroom. That would be considered negligent.
  3. You CAN use necessary force to separate or restrain students.
  4. Do not put yourself in danger.

Unlike the teacher at Pershing, which is an EAA school and has no union, DFT members would be represented by the DFT and members have liability coverage through the union in the event of a civil suit.

-Keith Johnson, DFT President

Will You Join the League of Extraordinary Educators? [4.10.14]

AFT Michigan launching the League of Extraordinary Educators as a statewide effort to fulfill our collective obligation to help all students succeed through public education, strengthen our communities, and advance the common good. The League will be made up of staff, retirees, teachers, faculty, and grad employees bursting out of our comfort zones to reclaim the promise of public education in Michigan.

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2013-14 Pay Schedule

[Click here] to download the 2013-14 DPS pay schedule.

2013-14 Salary Schedule

The salary schedule [Download here] was prepared by the DFT and is not the official pay schedule. However, we believe this is an accurate record of the new pay rates. The 2013-14 salary schedule is the same as the 2012-13 schedule.

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