Detroit Public Schools teachers are in their second day of a districtwide “sickout” closing 94 of 97 schools and hoping to draw attention to the school district’s severe budget problems. The district’s emergency manager has said that unless the system gets more funding, teachers won’t be paid past the end of June. The budget deficit rose to $320 million this year, which is on top of existing, immense long-term obligations of $3.5 billion. Hundreds of teachers rallied outside the Fisher state office building Monday to call for a forensic audit of DPS and “a guarantee they would be paid for their work.”
Tuesday, May 3, is National Teacher Day. The entire week (May 2-6) National Teacher Appreciation Week, sponsored by the National Education Association and the National PTA.
CEA recognizes the crucial role teachers play in making sure every child receives a quality public education and hopes administrators will take the time to convey to parents and the community the hard work educators do each day to make public schools great for every child. Have some fun with this special day and post these on your social media about a teacher who impacted YOU:
- A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
- A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
- A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying “Thank You!” to a teacher.
We congratulate CEA President Tracey D. Johnson and Vice President Phil Hayes on their reelection. Both have dedicated many years to the Association and have led us with precision.
Johnson (earning 81% of CEA votes), who taught for 15 years at Fair Elementary and Linmoor, Johnson Park and Yorktown Middle Schools, has been involved with CEA for 16 years, starting with her service as a PAR consultant. She has served on the Columbus Education Association’s bargaining committee and on the CEA Board of Governors as a Middle School Governor-at-Large. She has represented CEA at the NEA Assembly and received CEA’s Distinguished Service Award.
Hayes (who ran unopposed) entered Association service 15 years ago as a Faculty Representative from Brookhaven High School, where he taught social studies for 14 years. He served as a committee chair, a member of the bargaining team, and a delegate to the NEA and OEA assemblies, and as CEA’s electronic outreach coordinator. He was Columbus’ Teacher of the Year for 2001-2002.
For complete election details, see the CEA Voice.