DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS LEADERS MEET IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH NATIONAL UNION LEADERSHIP

Washington, D.C. – Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb and Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson today met with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten at AFT Headquarters. Also attending the meeting were DPS Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Michigan AFT President David Hecker, and additional AFT representatives.

Bobb described the meeting as “Setting out a good foundation for a good relationship moving forward, one in which I am totally committed to reforming the central and administrative functions of the district as part of reforming the way we support teachers, in order to create an environment for 21st century teaching and learning.”

Johnson said, “The most important aspect of what took place today was the feeling of collegiality. All of us agree about the importance of working together, not only in reforming the district but transcending the district into one which we can all be proud of. We want to revolutionize public education in Detroit and to do so will take everyone. It is gratifying that the national AFT President is willing to get involved and spearhead the movement.”

A major outcome of today’s meeting is the agreement to hold a Professional Development Workshop in Detroit, planned for May 26, 2009, involving all DFT members. That session would be keynoted by Randi Weingarten.

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