Detroit teachers union threatens lawsuit over hiring practices

DETROIT – The Detroit Federation of Teachers says it might sue Detroit Public Schools over the evaluation and hiring process of teachers for the 2012-2013 school year, according to the Detroit Free Press.

DPS laid off all 4,100 of its teachers and has said it will conduct job interviews with those who want to return as per changes to the state teacher tenure law, which prohibits hiring based on seniority, the Free Press reported.

Keith Johnson, DFT president, said he will sue “in the event the district fails to rehire a teacher based on the ongoing evaluation and hiring practices,” according to the Free Press.

“The district continues to engage with Mr. Johnson and the DFT so that its members are informed on the procedures required under state and federal laws,” DPS spokesman Steve Wasko told the Free Press.

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, “DPS teacher hiring process flawed, union alleges,” May 26, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “DFT: Ignore District Interview Procedures," May 22, 2012