In a repeat of last year’s mass layoffs, approximately 4,100 teachers in the Detroit Public Schools district received notices in the mail this week that they would need to reapply for their jobs for the coming school year, the Huffington Post reports. The new round of terminations goes into effect Aug. 24. The district mailed the letters out Tuesday, and administrative staff and non-union employees received similar notices several weeks ago. The tactic was used last year by Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, who oversaw the state’s receivership of DPS prior to current Emergency Manager Roy Roberts.
“They are doing this again like they did last year and it’s going to be chaos again in September,” Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers told the Detroit News. “I’m preparing for battle.”