Now is the time! Show that you are still committed to building and maintaining our power. Help keep our union strong and protect our collective voice by signing up today for alternative dues collection.More
Every Thursday, 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., tune in to “The Teachers’ Lounge” radio talk show on WHPR Comcast, channel 91, or online at www.tv33whpr.com/. Hosted by Detroit Public Schools teachers and Detroit Federation of Teachers union members, “The Teachers’ Lounge” provides a forum where members like you can voice concerns and discuss the future of DPS and how the community can be part of shaping and saving the school district.
This week, the show’s hosts—DFT members Leslie Carlis-Piper, Marnina Falk and William Weir—will be joined by DPS social worker Kim Travis-Ewing, who will weigh in on how the proposed legislation in Lansing will affect our schools, our students and the myriad services students need.
Check the DFT website calendar section for a schedule of weekly guests on “The Teachers’ Lounge.”
And don’t forget to tune in. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Call and tell your Senator to oppose the legislation that attacks Detroit Public Schools. Tell him/her to stand up for legislation that adequately funds Detroit Public Schools to ensure our kids have the schools they deserve, local control is returned to the district and the community, a Detroit Education Commission is in place to bring coordination to educational options in the city, and teachers and school staff have jobs.
Michigan House Republicans made it clear with their early morning vote that they plan to destroy Detroit’s public education system, take away the rights of educators and school staff, and bust the union. Under cover of darkness at 4 a.m. today, lawmakers passed some of the worst bills we have ever seen, all targeting the Detroit public school system—which overwhelmingly serves black and brown children.
The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.
The DPS/DFT 2nd Annual Teacher’s Appreciation Gala will be held June 4, 2016 at the Detroit-Dearborn Doubletree Hotel from 6pm-12am. This event is to recognize our hard work and dedication to the children of Detroit Public Schools. The deadline to sign up is May 2, 2016 so don't delay.
When the call went out to assist DFT member Deborah Martins of Bow Elementary School, who was in urgent need of donated sick days, members answered in a generous way. Deborah wants to make sure her sincere thanks are heard:
Thank You For Your Support
My heartfelt thanks to you for being there during my time of need. My love to you and yours.
Please accept my thanks for all that you have done to help me. I appreciate you so much.