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WHAT'S NEW: Early Dismissal Policy

Today, March 3, 2023 all schools will dismiss two (2) hours earlier than the normal dismissal time. The early dismissal is due to a Winter Storm Warning developing this afternoon.

Please see the following DFT/DPSCD contract language:

Article Twenty-Five: Emergency School Closures: Emergency Weather Conditions

"When individual schools are closed after the start of the school day, teachers will also be dismissed."

In the case of students who are not picked up immediately after dismissal, this is  also addressed in the CBA

Article Seven: School Schedules Section Seven

"At the elementary school level, teachers will escort their students to the designated dismissal door; any students not picked up will be escorted by the teacher to a place identified in the building procedures. At the middle and high school levels, teachers will clear the halls of students in their area of the building." 

Please click the following links to review the 2020-2021 Tentative Agreement (TA) with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.  


It comes with great sadness that I report that John Elliott, former Detroit Federation of Teachers president, has died. He led our local from 1981 to 2001 and holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve in the post.

Brother Elliott’s career as a Detroit Public Schools teacher began in 1961. He rose through the ranks as a DFT member, a union administrative assistant in 1966, and as an executive board member and executive vice president, beginning in 1968. In 1987, he was elected to serve as Michigan AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, making him the first African American to hold


Please click the link, DFT January 2021 General Membership Meeting Agenda, to review and download the agenda for the January 14, 2021 Executive Board Meeting..