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WHAT'S NEW: Meet our Executive Vice President


Jason Posey has been an active member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers for nearly 20 years. In 2003, he began his career at Coleman A. Young Elementary School where he taught second and third grades and was elected Alternate Building Representative. Jason also served as Alternate and Building Representative at Noble Elementary-Middle School for many years.

In 2014, Jason was elected to his first of five terms as an AFT Convention Delegate. Later that same year, he was elected to serve the first of five terms on the DFT Executive Board. Beginning in 2019, he was selected to serve as one of DFT’s inaugural Organizing Fellows. The organizing fellows program has increased the DFT membership as well as built capacity within the union by training and assisting building representatives and our rank and file members.

Unionism is deeply rooted in Jason’s family. His mother was a DFT member for 21 years prior to becoming a district administrator. His grandfather was a proud UAW-Chrysler member for over 30 years. His grandmother was a member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. His aunts were members of the Communication Workers of America; one of them serving as shop steward.

Jason is honored to be voted as one of DFT Vice-Presidents and humbled to be selected by the DFT Executive Board to serve as Executive Vice-President.

Professionally, Jason is prouder of nothing more than his advocacy and representation of the members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. 

Jason shares his home with his wife, Jessica, who is also an educator and his four year old daughter Lauren.

Please click the link, March 2021 Executive Board Meeting Minutes, to view and download the minutes. 

Please click the link, March 2021 General Membership Meeting Agenda to view and download the agenda. 


WHAT'S NEW: DFT Member is Michigan Teacher of the Year


Congratulations, Candice Jackson. One of our union members has been named 2023-2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education.Ms. Jackson, who has been in the district since 2002, says it was a shock to be nominated. She was contacted by the state and asked to complete an application, which she says wasn't even on her radar. After her interview in Lansing, she said she felt good. Ms. Jackson was named as Region 10 (City of Detroit) Teacher of the Year in mid-April.  She was presented with the regional award by the DPSCD School Board at its April Regular Board meeting.

As Michigan Teacher of the Year she will have a seat at the State Board of Education table as a non-voting member, attend several national conferences with fellow state teachers of the year, and will be Michigan’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. We are proud that she will be using her experience as a union member and a DPSCD teacher to advocate for students.

Her advice for new teachers is to find a good mentor for yourself. She also says to build a relationship with your students and their families. You have to let children know how much you care. Those relationships you build helps to bridge the gaps.

She is a Michigan State Spartan grad and undergrad and began her career at Newberry Elementary. She moved to Ronald Brown Academy and is now a third grade Math Master Teacher at Mann Elementary. She has also taught first and second grades.

She says she is humbled and hopes she does a good job representing the district and the DFT. We know she will. 

Ruby Newbold Funeral Service Announcement


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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.