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Fighting for Freedom


AFT Michigan President David Hecker and DFT President Ivy Bailey attended the annual Detroit branch NAACP Fight for Freedom Dinner held on April 23 at Cobo Convention Center in downtown Detroit. 

The keynote speaker was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts. 

Focus on resources in Detroit schools' new start: Detroit Free Press guest column by Ivy Bailey - April 21


If we are serious about improving public education for all children, we should invest in their schools and their educators. That’s why it is essential that we take a critical look at the resources we have available and how those resources are being allocated. 


"The Detroit Board of Education today voted to appoint Dr. Nikolai Vitti superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD.)

Last month, we respectfully requested that the board grant Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather a formal interview. That didn't happen, unfortunately. We believe that Meriweather, the first DPSCD superintendent with Detroit classroom experience since Dr. Eddie Green nearly 20 years ago, has provided much needed stability after an often volatile period in recent school district history. It is our hope that Meriweather remain an important member of


Thanks to all who attended our productive meeting. The following schools were represented: 

  • Academy of Americas Elementary
  • Adult Education West
  • Bagley Elementary
  • Bennett Academy
  • Brewer Academy
  • Cass Technical
  • Clark Preparatory Academy
  • Clippert Academy
  • Cody Academy of Public Leadership
  • Cody Medicine and County Health Academy
  • Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women
  • Drew Transitional Center
  • Durfee
  • East English Village Preparatory Academy
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Foreign Language Immersion Cultural Studies
  • Frederick Douglass Academy
  • Gompers
  • Greenfield Union
  • Jerry L. White Center
  • John R

You’ll find information on a number of high priority bills under consideration.


Knezek Offers Resolution Demanding Snyder Drop the Appeal and Return our 3 Percent

Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) introduced on March 29 SR 37, a resolution demanding Gov. Rick Snyder return the money taken illegally from school employees’ paychecks from 2010-12, the subject of a seven-year court battle led by AFT Michigan and the Michigan Education Association.

Three separate courts have found the law in violation of the state constitution, as it forced the deduction of 3 percent of school employees’ wages


WHAT'S NEW: DPS Superintendent candidate under fire as school board considers him (WXYZ-TV 7)



"I know some of the teachers are going to ask, why did he leave Detroit?” said Ivy Bailey, Detroit Federation of Teachers - DFT Local 231, president.