Detroit school district sues teachers over repeated ‘sick-outs’

By Victor Skinner on Monday, July 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

DETROIT – The state of Michigan is covering the legal expenses for the Detroit school district to sue two teachers who allegedly instigated a series of sick-outs last school year that shut down dozens of schools. Detroit Public Schools filed the lawsuit in January against 28 teachers, union members and activists in an attempt to […]

Teachers union calls $617 million Detroit schools bailout ‘petty’ and ‘punitive’

By Victor Skinner on Friday, June 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

DETROIT – Michigan lawmakers approved a $617 million education package today that will prevent Detroit Public Schools from going into bankruptcy, create a new locally elected school board, and set up the framework to pull the chronically failing and broke district out of the ashes. Democrats and union officials, however, don’t think it’s good enough. […]

Detroit teachers union president gets 31% pay increase while members take big cuts

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized, Unions 3 Comments

DETROIT – While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy […]

Detroit teacher ‘sick out’ highlights district’s worst-in-nation student performance

By Victor Skinner on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 5 Comments

DETROIT – Detroit Federation of Teachers members ditched their students to protest about pay today, despite data that shows they’ve been ineffective at improving the district’s worst-in-the-nation student academic performance. “There’s a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day’s work, you’ll receive a day’s pay,” DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey said in […]

Detroit teachers call ‘sick out’ over district’s ongoing financial problems

By Victor Skinner on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

DETROIT – Dozens of Detroit Public Schools are closed today after the district’s teachers union encouraged members to call in sick to protest the district’s budget problems. Officials with the Detroit Federation of Teachers announced the “sick out” Sunday, a day after a state-appointed district manager announced DPS will run out of operating funds at […]

Detroit Public Schools to open ‘Arabic technical school’ for 4-year-olds

By Victor Skinner on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

DETROIT – The perpetually broke Detroit Public Schools is planning on launching a new dual-language Arabic technical school for prekindergarten through second graders. The new Arabic Dual Language Immersion and Technical Academy does not yet have an official opening date, but it’s part of an ambitious plan to launch three new school programs in a […]

VIDEO: Detroit teachers clash with police during union protest

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

DETROIT – Detroit teachers are fighting the “system,” literally. Detroit Federation of Teachers members and others duked it out with police in the Hilton Garden Inn lobby as the union’s parent organization conducted a hearing over the ouster of former DFT President Steve Conn, The Detroit News reports. According to the news site: A melee […]

Detroit schools close as teachers stage ‘sick out’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

DETROIT – Detroit teachers who organized a “sick out” today could be putting their jobs in jeopardy, district officials warned. Teachers at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Bates Academy, Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, Detroit College Prep Academy at Northwestern, Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Middle School, Bagley Elementary School and Cody Medical Community health Academy apparently thought […]