DETROIT (AP) — Detroit teacher salaries would be cut by 10 percent on Oct. 1 if state education officials approve a school district proposal — a cut the teachers union plans to fight.
The plan, filed with the Michigan Department of Education, also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years, starting with the 2015-16 academic year, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.
The wage cut, which needs approval from state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, would be on top of a 10 percent pay reduction imposed on Detroit Public Schools employees by then-Emergency Manager Roy Roberts in 2011.
Keith Johnson, the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said the planned pay cut is unacceptable, especially on top of previous employee concessions, and he plans to challenge it.
"We have a collective bargaining agreement, and nowhere in there does it call for a wage reduction," he told the Detroit Free Press.
DPS officials did not specify which schools would be closed, but the plan said a task force will be formed to assess options.
The district has been under state control since 2009, when its deficit reached as high as $327 million. It now is facing a $121.5 million projected deficit at the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year.