Union Re-Elects Johnson As DFT President

DETROIT (WWJ) – There will not be a change at the top for the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

The DFT union has re-elected their president, Keith Johnson.

Johnson tells WWJ things are getting better for the district financially, but not academically, and he takes a jab at Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts.

“You have someone in charge of the district who is not an academician therefore he is not astute about what it really takes to move education forward. Unfortunately, he surrounds himself with people who tell him what they think he wants to hear rather than what is truthful,” said Johnson.

Johnson says teachers in the district deserve a raise.

“They’ve taken concessions for the past few years in order to help the district become financially solvent,” said Johnson. “We’ve got to get the respect for the profession not just in Detroit but throughout the state.”

Johnson squared off against teachers Steve Conn and Victor Gibson for the union’s presidential title.

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