Detroit Public Schools begins hiring for Priority Schools

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Detroit Public Schools has begun implementation of the Priority Schools educational program, which will reform the way education is offered at 51 schools in the district.

They include schools that are being turned around as well as higher-performing programs. Priority Schools will offer rigorous programs that will include measurable expectations, creative teaching methods and parental and community engagement.

DPS has posted job listings for teachers, clerical employees and paraprofessionals, including School Services Assistants, to work at every Priority School. The closing date is August 4, 2010. Interviews will begin on August 5 and all hiring is expected to be complete by August 12. Classes will begin on September 7.

“We are looking internally and externally for job candidates who can lead turnaround efforts and improve student performance,” said Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

The Priority Schools fall into two categories:

“A” schools are in the fifth percent or lower among all Title I schools or have had a graduation rate below 60 percent for the last three years. They include schools eligible for the state’s School Improvement Grant program.

“B” schools are themed-based, application or other schools that need special support to maintain their high standards.

Current staff at any of the designated Priority Schools will be automatically eligible to interview for jobs at their school or up to two other Priority Schools Those who are not interested in working at a Priority School, will be included in the eligibility pool for non-Priority Schools.

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