DFT: Ignore district interview procedures

DETROIT – Teachers in the Detroit Public Schools who want to maintain employment there are going through interviews to keep their jobs, according to The Detroit News.

The district laid off all 4,100 teachers in April and they must reapply for the 2012-2013 school year.

Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson told The News that the union instructed members to “ignore” the district’s request to bring typical job application materials, such as resumes, transcripts and letters of recommendation, to interviews.

District spokesman Steve Wasko told The News that hiring decisions will be based on evaluation now that state law prohibits schools from making employment decisions based on seniority.

SOURCE: The Detroit News, “Teachers begin interviews in hopes of keeping DPS jobs,” May 17, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “4,100 DPS teachers get layoff slips," April 21, 2012