LANSING — Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers organized to write more than 2,700 letters to legislators and Governor Rick Snyder demanding action to improve education for Detroit’s students. Their letters included calls for the state to accept responsibility for the debt accumulated while the state ran the school district, dissolve the EAA and return the schools to DPS, and improve DPS’ ability to recruit and retain the best and brightest educators.
DFT members wrote letters to more than 75 legislators. Many of the letters went to Detroit state elected officials, but given that almost two-thirds of DFT members live outside the city of Detroit, legislators across southeast Michigan will receive letters from their constituents about the impact any legislation dealing with DPS will have on their districts.
While DFT members are hard at work in classrooms in Detroit, DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey will be hand delivering their letters to lawmakers Tuesday.
“Our members need their voices to be heard,” said DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey. “Decisions are being made about the future of education in Detroit and legislators need to hear directly from Detroit teachers. These letters contain the direct experiences and urgent priorities of those on the front lines of education in Detroit. We hope legislators will listen to their words and take real action to improve the learning opportunities for our students.”