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WHAT'S NEW: DFT Talks Teacher Shortage on CNBC


Our Donavon Gardner and Terrence Martin talk about American's teacher shortage challenge.


WHAT'S NEW: Council of Baptist Pastors, Detroit and Vicinity Salute Detroit Teachers


Council of Baptist Pastors President Rev. Dee Dee Coleman and DFT President Ivy Bailey celebrated Teachers Appreciation Day during a special service held at Russell Street Baptist Church on May 30. 

WHAT'S NEW: Proposed Educator Certification Model

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services requests your feedback on a proposed structure for the future of Michigan teacher certification.

Please click the Web link below to view a short video explaining the proposed certificate structure and a link to the survey. Your perspective is extremely important to us

Our teachers class action grievance was settled on April 22, 2017.  If your name is on the following list, please contact Ivy Bailey, DFT president, at 313-875-3500:  

  • Anyanetu, Patrick
  • Armstrong, Nezetta
  • Bennett, Charnita
  • Booker-Bryant, Valerie
  • Burk, Michael
  • Crill, Susan
  • Dobbs, Carmille
  • Ellis, Ronda
  • Erby, Douglas
  • Freeman, Henrietta
  • Gibson, Kelly
  • Gipson-Hicks, Catina
  • Hasanaj, Kola
  • Henderson, Almitra
  • Hicks, Geraldine
  • Holland, Branti
  • Izzard, Robert
  • Jacques, Dominique
  • Jefferson, Stanya
  • Johnson, Georgetta
  • King, Dennis
  • Land, Cassandra
  • Lawrence, Ayana
  • Leverett, Christy
  • Lothery, Barbara
  • Mallett, James
  • Mercer, Grayling
  • Ogbonna

WHAT'S NEW: DFT Executive Board elects to continue contract negotiations with DPSCD

DFT Members:

On May 15, our Executive Board rejected a tentative contract agreement with DPSCD. I wanted to share my statement with you:

"We've continually stated what's best for educators is best for students. The executive board felt that the tentative agreement doesn't move DPSCD forward and place our students first. We want to continue negotiations."


WHAT'S NEW: Call your legislators & tell them to protect teacher pensions

Republicans in Lansing are getting ready to launch a new round of attacks on working families next week, and we need to start fighting back right now.

These new bills are being pushed by the billionaire DeVos family to destroy pensions for newly-hired teachers, librarians, and bus drivers.

Call your legislator right now at 866-834-6910.