Retirement Reminder

Reminder: Eligible employees who retire effective July 1, 2016 or Aug. 1, 2016 and whose irrevocable separation-from-service forms are submitted to the DPS Human Resources Office no later than May 1, 2016 will be paid $35 for each unused day in their sick bank up to 100 days, and $45 for each unused day in their sick bank for day 101 to 200 for a maximum payout of $8,000. Payout of sick time upon retirement does not include a payout from the catastrophe bank. For a complete guide to retirement go to page 6 and 7 of [The Detroit Teacher - March 2016].

How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.

A fight for the very soul of our country

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.

Weingarten to Senate on court nomination: Do your job

The Constitution is crystal clear about what to do when there's a Supreme Court vacancy: The president of the United States nominates a candidate for the bench, and the Senate provides advice and consent, AFT President Randi Weingarten says, urging the Senate to do its job.

Weingarten: Seize the moment and reset policy through ESSA

AFT President Randi Weingarten told Senate lawmakers that the Every Student Succeeds Act enacted by Congress in December "gives us the opportunity for the reset needed to move from a test-and-sanction environment to one of support and improvement " in public schools, but that "states will need time to get it done and get it right."