DPS and DFT agree to extend contract, continue substantive negotiations

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb and Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith R. Johnson this morning issued a joint statement that the current contract between the school district and the teachers union will be extended until Nov. 21, 2009, to allow negotiations to continue.

“Our discussions continue to be driven by substance, and we still have some substantive issues to discuss. We are moving in the right direction, and are confident that we can reach an agreement by November 21,” the two leaders stated.

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