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Detroit: Teachers fired if they’re behind on union dues, but not for performance

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

This is a district with a 70% drop-out rate.

HT Ben Cunningham:


The following was written by Mark O’Keefe, executive vice president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers: “We are in the unfortunate position of having to notify seventy teachers that they may be terminated for nonpayment of union dues. Paying union dues, or alternatively agency shop fees, is a condition of your employment. “When members do not fulfill their responsibility to pay their dues, we are in an unfortunate position. We have to notify the district that employment will be terminated in 35 days if the delinquent dues are not paid.” Wow. Is this proof that the primary purpose of public schools is NOT to educate the children? The Detroit Public School System is currently in a severe crises, and is being managed by an Emergency Financial Manager due to a $150 million deficit. The district has a 70% dropout rate, and they are losing thousands of students each year. “Shouldn’t someone make sure none of those 70 teachers are outstanding educators who do a great job for their students and their districts?” asks Kyle Olson, vice president of the Education Action Group.