New contract imposed on Detroit Public School teachers

Emergency Manager imposes contract on DFT

Published On: Jul 01 2012 11:31:28 PM EDT
Roy Roberts

Leaders of the Detroit Federation of Teachers are upset with a contract imposed on their members by the Emergency Manager of the Detroit Public School district.

Roy Roberts imposed the contract Sunday.

The school district released a statement that, in part, read "This new collective bargaining agreement with our teachers provides the flexibility needed for our schools to be successful and to meet the educational needs of the children and families who come to us.  It also produces the savings necessary for the district to ultimately return to financial solvency and remove the debt that erodes financial resources reaching the classroom."

The details of the contract were not released.

Detroit Federation of Teachers president Keith Johnson reacted.

"This will not be taken well by the teachers or by me. This does nothing to enhance the education of our students," Johnson said.

The teachers union president may make a more detailed statement later Monday.