Detroit Federation of Teachers on the Michigan Court of Claims Decision
DETROIT—A statement from Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey on the recent court decision denying Detroit Public Schools’ request for an injunction against Detroit teachers, their union and others.
“Today’s decision is one step in the right direction for Detroit’s children, their families and our members—who have been embarrassed, violated, and treated without dignity or respect by the district. These educators have faced pay and benefit cuts and abysmal working conditions, and they want nothing more than to educate their students.
“Our students deserve high-quality neighborhood public schools that are safe, welcoming and well-resourced. Sadly, this district—under the management of Darnell Earley—has failed to deliver on that promise. And its lawsuit against teachers is no help.
“Detroit has an education crisis; Flint has a water crisis. Neither issue can be solved by an injunction. Now is the time for Lansing to do right by the people of Michigan.”