News media reported that Detroit’s teachers returned to work May 5 after officials promised they would be fully paid for their work. But the system still expects to run out of cash in June, and it is not clear where the salary funds will come from. The district faces problems not unfamiliar across the country. Thirty-one states still have failed to raise per-pupil spending to pre-recession levels. Charter schools also have introduced competition.
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.