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Friday, April 15, 2011

NOT a good time to be a teacher in a public school - more evidence... Detroit to send layoff notices to all its public teachers

Detroit to send layoff notices to all its public teachers

CHICAGO — The emergency manager appointed to put Detroit's troubled public school system on a firmer financial footing said on Thursday he was sending layoff notices to all of the district's 5,466 unionized employees.

Bobb said nearly 250 administrators were receiving the notices, too.

The district is unlikely to eliminate all the teachers. Last year, it sent out 2,000 notices and only a fraction of employees were actually laid off. But the notices are required by the union's current contract with the district. Any layoffs under this latest action won't take effect until late July.

In the meantime, Bobb said that he planned to exercise his power as emergency manager to unilaterally modify the district's collective bargaining agreement with the Federation of Teachers starting May 17, 2011.

Under a law known as Public Act 4, passed by the Michigan legislature and signed by the state's new Republican governor in March, emergency managers like Bobb have sweeping powers. They can tear up existing union contracts, and even fire some elected officials, if they believe it will help solve a financial emergency.

"I fully intend to use the authority that was granted under Public Act 4," Bobb said in the statement.

He was appointed emergency financial manager for Detroit's schools two years ago by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, to close chronic budget deficits brought on by declining enrollment in the city. Over just the past year, Detroit's population has dropped 25 percent, according to census data.

Bobb has closed schools, laid off workers and taken other steps to cut spending but the district still faces a $327 million budget deficit.



  1. I recently graduated from college with a BS in education. I am shocked by all of these layoffs. I don't think I'll be able to find a job. I have been looking for over a year. I have been applying and schools are still taking resumes but with the idea that it's just to keep a "pool" of candidates on hand. Any suggestions on a back up plan? Other than waitressing....

    Adrienne, Fairfax, VA

  2. This hit home as i just received info that I will be receiving a pink slip for next year. It's a sad time for teachers.