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WHAT'S NEW: Voting on tentative agreement extended to July 21

Voting on the DFT tentative contract agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community District has been extended from Wednesday, July 19 to Friday, July 21.

Ballots must be postmarked by that date.  Ballots will be counted on Thursday, July 27, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees headquarters, located at 115 West Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201-1809.  Members will have the opportunity to observe the ballot-counting process at that time.

Remember, if you have questions regarding our Tentative Agreement with DPSCD, please call us at 313-875-3500, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Detroit Goodfellows on June 14 announced the winner of the eighth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Gladys Clark, an eighth-grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School! 

Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised Clark in her classroom with the news and presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. 

The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by DPSCD


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