Group says it plans to sue Gov. Whitmer, Detroit schools over vaccine mandate, masking, COVID testing
Protest group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) announced that it plans to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and Detroit Public Schools Community District, demanding the state to implement vaccine requirements in schools.
Nightside Report March 7, 2021: Far fewer Detroit teachers will return to classrooms than students Monday, Michigan’s COVID anniversary approaches
The DPSCD said there are not enough teachers who are willing to go back into classrooms to meet the demand. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Warmer, sunny week aheadSunday evening will be fair and chilly. Overnight lows will be in the middle and upper 20s. The week ahead kicks off with sunshine and warmer temperatures on Monday and Tuesday. 4 Fast FactsSaturday, March 6, 2021 --
Detroit public schools say there aren’t enough teachers to meet the demand as schools reopen Monday
DETROIT – An estimated 20,000 Detroit Public School Community District students are set to return to classrooms Monday, but their teachers may not be there. READ: Detroit public schools to resume in-person learning on March 8The DPSCD said there are not enough teachers who are willing to go back into classrooms to meet the demand. AdREAD: Student demand for in-person learning far outweighs the number of teachers willing to return in DetroitSome parents spoke out and said they don’t want their children to be taught on a screen in a classroom. Even thought schools within the DPSCD will return to in-person learning Monday, some parents -- like Kimble and Ta’Mara Williams -- are choosing to keep their students at home. “The teachers are not ready and the students are not ready as well.”The bottom line is that the in-person demand for in-person learning exceeds number of teachers willing to return to the classroom.
Student demand for in-person learning far outweighs the number of teachers willing to return in Detroit
READ: Detroit public schools to resume in-person learning on March 8That amounts to about 20,000 children, but Detroit teachers willing to return to the classroom are only about at 20-30%. Detroit teachers were moved to the head of the line and anybody wishing to have the vaccine has had access. “We’re going to need services relative to trauma, we need mental health services,” Martin said. Constant cleaning, a max of 20 children per classroom, masks and social distancing, plus an extra $750 per quarter for teachers willing to return to the classroom. In the beginning Vitti says, “There will be a disconnect between family demand for in person learning and teachers willing to teach in person.”More: Return To School
Local 4 News at 11 -- March 5, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 11:Student demand for in-person learning far outweighs the number of teachers willing to return in DetroitA little more than 40% of Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) students want to return to in person classes starting Monday. That amounts to about 20,000 children, but Detroit teachers willing to return to the classroom are only about at 20-30%.
Detroit Federation of Teachers authorizes strike vote, negotiations will continue
DETROIT The Detroit Federation of Teachers met on Wednesday evening and authorized a strike vote, and said that negotiations will continue. The authorization of a strike vote gives leaders of the Detroit Federation of Teachers the authority to use a possible strike as a bargaining tool. Both sides have been working toward a new contract for the 4,500 members of the DFT -- 3,500 of whom are teachers for DPSCD. While negotiations continue with no breakdown during the process, DFT called for the vote among its membership. READ: DPSCD continues to negotiate with teachers over new contract
State Rep. Gay-Dagnogo calls on Detroit school leaders to reconsider return plan
DETROIT – Michigan State House Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo is calling on the Detroit public schools superintendent to reconsider the district’s plan to offer in-person classes at the start of this fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has has been very clear that it has wanted parents to have a choice between face-to-face or remote learning. The approved plan includes the choices of in-person or online learning, smaller in-person class sizes and daily safety protocols like cleaning, masks and social distancing. Gay-Dagnogo said Superintendent Nikoli Vitti and the school board should reconsider the plan. For more information about DPSCD’s return-to-school plan, go here: https://www.detroitk12.org/returntoschoolRelated: How Detroit public schools are bridging the digital divide
Many Metro Detroit teachers file for retirement amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT While its a time of reflection for K-12 parents about whether to send their children to school -- its also a time for teachers to make decisions. The question is: How many teachers will be willing to teach in-person classes? READ: All DPSCD summer school students to be tested by MondayThe Tri-County Alliance is an organization that represents thousands of school districts, teachers and students and said there is real concern. Read: More education reportsGiven the sheer number of retirement applications filed just this summer that go above and beyond the usual longevity retirements, it appears many teachers are already making the decision to opt out of teaching at all. Watch the video above for the full report
19 arrested during Detroit summer school protest today
DETROIT Police arrested 19 people Thursday morning during a protest of Detroit summer school classes being held during the coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/ml4Lmc7NyO Chuck Jackson (@NewsDeskChuck) July 23, 2020Happening now - #Detroit police have moved in to start arresting the protestors that are blocking DPSCD summer school buses from picking up kids. Related: Detroits in-person summer school classes can continue with virus testingThat means testing all 630 students in a tight time frame. The suit was seeking to sop summer school and first went before the judge on Friday. More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schools
What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schoolsPublished: June 5, 2020, 11:45 pmSchool leaders are giving parents a glimpse into what the new school year will look like for the Detroit Public School Community District.
What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schools
DETROIT School leaders are giving parents a glimpse into what the new school year will look like for the Detroit Public School Community District. READ: Detroit schools lays out a clearer picture of what students, parents can expect this fallThe plan is for the regular school year to start after Labor Day. WATCH: Metro Detroit superintendents discuss whats next for studentsThe school day will be limited to six hours. Students, parents, teachers and staff will be given time to share their opinions before the semi-final plan is developed. READ: Detroit public schools to offer highest starting salary in Metro Detroit to new teachers
Watch Local 4 News at 11 -- June 5, 2020
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 11:What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schoolsSchool leaders are giving parents a glimpse into what the new school year will look like for the Detroit Public School Community District. The new plan for reopening will involve all teachers and students wearing masks. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti recently unveiled his plan for getting students back into classrooms.
Detroit schools lays out a clearer picture of what students, parents can expect this fall
DETROIT Many parents said they want their children to go back to school and they have to go back to work and without it they will have child care issues. Detroit Public Schools Community District gave a glimpse into what will happen in the fall. The district will have a hybrid learning model. Student learning programs will also remain intact. READ: Detroit public schools to offer highest starting salary in Metro Detroit to new teachersEven in the face of a suggested nearly 10 percent reduction in per-pupil funding -- Superintendent Nikolai Vitti laid out an optimistic view for Detroit.
Detroit public schools to offer highest starting salary in Metro Detroit to new teachers
DETROIT The Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) announced an increased salary for new teachers beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Teachers new to the district will receive a salary of up to $51,071 -- the highest starting teacher salary offered in Metro Detroit, according to DPSCD. Officials say the increased salaries are an effort to attract and retain teachers in the district, which has experienced large numbers of teacher vacancies in previous years. Still there is significant competition to attract and retain excellent educators for some Michigan school districts, DPSCD says. The district hopes that the new salary proposal will help fill teacher vacancies in preparation for the upcoming school year.