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The teachers’ union in Detroit says it plans to file a lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools on Wednesday for the “improper” dismissal of more than 422 teachers at the start of the school year.

Detroit Federation of Teachers’ president Keith Johnson will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the DFT hall to announce legal proceedings against DPS. The teachers were laid off and not recalled.

“The issue is not that they were laid off, but the manner in which they were laid off,” Johnson said.

Many of those teachers, he said, scored higher than the district’s threshold of 70 on their evaluations.

“I’d encourage those teachers who scored above the 70 threshold and are not working or are not working as a result of a faulty evaluation to attend the press conference,” he said. “We want to present real faces of real victims.”…

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via Detroit teachers’ union says it will sue district over layoffs | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.

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