Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

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.

Teacher Appreciation Gala

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. 

DFT member says 'Thank you!'

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.

--Deborah Martins

Member meeting report

Taking leave for the rally in Lansing on April 26

After last night’s meeting, we learned from a number of members that there is some confusion around the mass rally in Lansing on Tuesday, April 26, which is a professional development day for Detroit Public Schools. We are aware that DPS sent a notification that a written excuse or proof of illness will be required of employees who take a sick day on April 26. First, let me assure you that this request from the school district is legal and complies with the provisions of our contract.

Detroit Teacher - March 2016

News in this issue of The Detroit Teacher:

  • DFT Actions Are Building Momentum
  • We Are So Close to a Breakthrough
  • Retirement Guide 2016
  • Detroit Teacher is Michigan Counselor of the Year

and much more...[Download here].

2015-16 DPS Calendar

[Download here] the 2015-16 DPS Academic Calendar.