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Reconstitution Plan Gets Detroit Teachers Hopping Mad

By Dakarai I. Aarons — July 23, 2009 1 min read
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Detroit teachers—2,600 of them—at 41 schools being reconstituted under No Child Left have been told they have to re-apply for their jobs. And they’ve been given just a few days to do it.

The affected teachers, who are at schools that have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress for at least five years, received notices Tuesday saying they’d have to apply by Friday.

Robert C. Bobb, the governor-appointed emergency financial manager who is running the district, has fired 33 principals and replaced 37 others .

Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, told The Detroit News he considered Bobb’s actions a violation of the union’s contract with the school district and would be looking into legal action.

Look for more on this and other issues in Bobb’s efforts to remake Detroit schools in the next edition of Education Week, hitting a mailbox near you the week of Aug. 12!

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.