AFSA President Diann Woodard Responds to Harmful Michigan Education Bills

The Michigan House recently passed legislation related to the crisis affecting the Detroit Public Schools. In response, former Detroit teacher and principal, and current American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) President Diann Woodard released the following statement:

“As a lifelong resident of Detroit, a product of Detroit Public Schools, and as both a former educator and administrator in Detroit Public Schools, I am deeply saddened by the ongoing crisis our beloved city is facing,”

“Perhaps what is even more troubling, is that, rather than working toward a real solution for the schools, children, and families in Detroit, the bills adopted by the Michigan House would do the exact opposite. Make no mistake – this legislation would decimate the Detroit Public School system, just as New Orleans was decimated after Katrina. Except this storm would be manmade by the MI House,”

“The House bills do not provide near enough funding for the district to pay down its debt and continue to operate. They do not restore local control to the district. The House package also includes punitive, anti-worker language and would require all teachers and school staff to reapply for their jobs,”

“On the contrary, the Senate legislation would allow the district to pay down its debt, return control to a locally elected schools board, and carry over the educators’ contracts. These steps are absolutely critical to ensure the system remains stabilized,”

“We applaud the Senate Republicans and Governor Snyder for their efforts to put forth a workable plan. We will be working with our coalition partners to support their plan, to oppose the devastating House plan, and to do everything in our power to ensure the children of Detroit receive the quality public education they need and deserve.”

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