Detroit teachers authorize a strike for safety

Detroit Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Terrence Martin calls the safety strike authorization by Detroit teachers ‘historic’. Ninety-One percent voted in favor with the intent of staying on the job, but virtually.  In this highlight from the latest COVID313 Virtual Town Hall meeting Martin lays out teachers’ concerns as the Detroit Public Schools Community District prepares to open.  Joining him, Todd Tennis, a spokesperson for AFT-Michigan provides a bigger picture of teachers concerns from Lansing.

Please join the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall for Families and Students every Thursday starting at noon, featuring experts talking about coronavirus, education and school updates, accessing basic needs, and keeping your family healthy.

You can watch live through the Detroit Public Television Facebook Page.


Detroit’s Census 2020 director explains how the census remains secure

While Detroit has a census response rate of just less than 50 percent, the campaign is in full gear to get that number up. With just six weeks to go Detroit Census 2020 Director Victoria Kovari lays out the details of what’s being done in this COVID313 Virtual Town Hall and why the census bears no risk to participants, which should be everybody. See more in this highlight.


Starting school in Detroit: the real and the virtual

Amidst the pandemic the Detroit Public Schools Community District plans to start school with a hybrid learning model. COVID313’s Cindy Gamboa of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation presents her concerns while DPSCD Assistant Superintendent Beth Gonzalez explains the latest in planning for the new school year. Danielle Jackson, the interim CEO of the University Prep Charter Schools also talks about what to expect in her schools this fall.