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DETROIT BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT DISAPPOINTED BY DFT STATEMENT

 DETROIT BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT DISAPPOINTED BY DFT STATEMENT
 DETROIT, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Board of Education President Frank Hayden today expressed his concern and disappointment at the statement earlier this week by Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) President John Elliott that a teacher strike is a 99-percent certainty because of differences over salary.
 The board consistently has said that funds are not available for teacher salary increases this year. The DFT leadership has refused to consider anything less than 6 percent.
 "His (Elliott's) statements have had a chilling effect on negotiations," Hayden said.
 Hayden suggested that Elliott's pessimistic view may explain the lack of progress at the negotiating table. He also questioned the DFT's seriousness in attempting to seek a negotiated settlement.
 "John Elliott first suspends negotiations for more than a week for an out-of-town trip, and immediately upon his return announces that there is insufficient time to resolve the salary issue and an illegal strike in inevitable," Hayden added.
 "To disrupt the education of children, and the employment of so many fine teachers for an impossible wage demand is tragic," said Hayden.
 In the event of an illegal job action, Hayden said that the board will take whatever legal action is necessary to open the schools and provide education to the students of Detroit.
 "We hope and pray that an illegal strike may yet be averted, but the board has developed contingency plans," concluded Hayden.
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 /CONTACT: Michele Y. Edwards, 313-494-1270, Ext. 310, or Steve Wasko, 313-494-1270, Ext. 345, both of the Detroit Board of Education/ CO: Detroit Board of Education ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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