Teachers will strike over proposed merit pay and seniority changes, says Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
“If he sticks to merit pay, school won’t start on time,” Johnson told The Detroit News editorial board Wednesday. Johnson added any threats to seniority would also be “a deal breaker. Seniority is sacred.”
However, the union wants the district to fire 70 teachers unless they pay their dues in the next 35 days, notes Education Improvement Examiner.
The Detroit Public School System is currently in a severe crises, and is being managed by an Emergency Financial Manager due to a $150 million deficit. The district has a 70% dropout rate, and they are losing thousands of students each year.
“Shouldn’t someone make sure none of those 70 teachers are outstanding educators who do a great job for their students and their districts?” asks Kyle Olson, vice president of the Education Action Group.
Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans’ dreadful public school system, replacing it with a patchwork of charter schools. I don’t think Detroit Public Schools will survive much longer.