Parents, Students Stunned as 2,700 Detroit Teachers ‘Call in Sick’

Teachers*Teachers are tired of being taken advantage of. Not only do they have to work in dilapidated buildings and classrooms many times, and deal with all kinds of behavioral issues in an effort to teach students, now they are expected to go through all of this without being paid.

Let me repeat that in the event you didn’t hear me. WITHOUT BEING PAID!

So 2,700 teachers in Detroit figured enough is enough and decided to have a massive “sick-out.” And who suffers?

The students, of course.

The overwhelming “absence” occurred on Monday, May 2, and as a result, reports say it affected 94 out of the 97 public schools in Detroit when the teachers, all 2,700 of them, called in to say they would not be showing up.

We can only imagine what such an overload did to Michigan Bell.

The action came about after teachers were hit with a notice that the city of Detroit would not be able to pay them after June 30, 2016.  A press conference was held on Sunday, May 1, by the Detroit Federation of Teachers to announce the sick-out by the teachers. And the organization’s president, Ivy Bailey, read the following from a statement, “by refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, DPS is effectively locking our members out of the classrooms.”

Making bad matters worse is the fact that the same person who gained notoriety as emergency water manager in Flint Michigan amidst the Flint water pollution crisis, Darnell Earley, had also been the  emergency manager (appointed by the city’s governor, Rick Snyderfor the Detroit School District, before he resigned in February 2016.

Recently, $48.7 million in emergency funding was allocated by the Michigan legislature to keep schools functioning through June 30, 2016 and guarantee the salaries of at least two-thirds of teachers.

Judge Stephen Rhodes is the new emergency manager, and the city is currently search for a new  school superintendent. 


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