Detroit EM imposes teacher contract

Roy Roberts, the state-appointed Emergency Manager for the Detroit public schools, has imposed a contract on teachers. According to PA 4, the Emergency Manager has the power to void current contracts and make changes to working conditions. Details of the new contract won't be available until AFT Michigan meets with its members.

The district is losing 15 schools--along with staff and students--to the new state-run district for underperforming schools managed by the Education Achievement Authority. The district's new budget is 25 percent lower than last year's to reflect a loss of more than 62,00 students.

AFT Michigan members in Highland Park and MEA members in Muskegon Heights have also been taken over by an Emergency Manager. Muskegon Heights' EM is turning over the school district to a for-profit charter company. Highland Park is considering the same option.