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

By Victor Skinner on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 4 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 […]