Resolution of Detroit Public Schools Board members Ida Short and Elena Herrada, who are also members of AFT 2000. We ask that all union members support our right to self determination as elected officials.
Whereas, the membership of AFT supports voting rights for all citizens in the state of Michigan;
Whereas the membership supports the rights of Detroiters to govern our own public school district;
Whereas the people of Michigan in every majority African American city and school districts have been denied the right to self-determination by the imposition of emergency managers, despite the repeal of Public Act 4 by statewide voters in November of 2013, which was then replaced by Public Act 436, the same law, but with appropriations attached, making it effectively repeal proof;
Whereas school buildings and properties have been given away to billionaires while the district continues to hemorrhage money;
Whereas Governor Snyder has circumvented an audit of the District’s finances by continuously denying the elected school board its rightful authority;
Whereas the Governor has instead of returning rightful authority to the elected school board, given over decision making power to the Future of Detroit’s School Children, a group of mainly nonprofits, and pastors lusting for charter schools and contractors with flagrant conflicts of interest and no oversight, and support the rights of elected school board members be returned;
Whereas, brother David Hecker, president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers, currently also serves on the Coalition for the Future of Detroit’s School Children;
Therefore be it resolved that AFT Local 2000 AND ALL AFT locals urge brother David Hecker to step down from the Coalition to show his support for the voting rights of the people of Detroit and the return of authority to the elected school board of Detroit.