DPS takes teachers, union to court in effort to stop sickouts

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called for teachers to stop staging sick-outs and return to their classrooms while legislatures work on solving the city's debt problems. The bode was conducting a hearing on Conn's appeal inside the hotel Wednesday, and it appears the protesters were showing support for their former president.

Teachers are unhappy that the debt-ridden district has allowed conditions inside their classrooms to deteriorate.

Wednesday morning's protests began with a rally of about 75 teachers outside the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees building on Lafayette Boulevard where Democratic state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo called Snyder's state reform school district, the Educational Achievement Authority, a "separate, unequal experiment on black children".

Since the beginning of January, teachers and teacher organizations have been posting photos on social media sites about the appalling conditions they say exist in many Detroit schools. It names a labor union, activists and roughly two dozen teachers. "It's about (Darnell) Earley, who was the emergency manager in Flint when they switched their water over, and now he's being charged with looking over Detroit Public Schools".

More than 85 of Detroit's approximately 100 public schools were closed Wednesday as teachers staged a sickout to protest the system's overcrowded classrooms, broken finances and crumbling facilities. Some marched downtown Wednesday where President Barack Obama was getting a tour of Detroit's auto show.

"These ongoing illegal actions chosen by teachers represent an extreme disservice to the more than 44,790 students and their families who today lost another day of instruction and were again inconvenienced or caused to lose wages due to these closures", Earley said in a statement Wednesday.

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Teachers complain of inadequate funding and dilapidated buildings, and say that decisions made by the school system's governor-appointed emergency manager disenfranchise city residents. They're trying to bring attention to what they call "deplorable conditions" at their schools. "Lansing needs to act". Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers are planning to distribute leaflets at the event in an effort to raise awareness of the city's educational dysfunction. Duggan said teachers' "frustrations are legitimate, but the solution is not to send the kids home".

"Detroit schools are failing at the most basic fundamentals of education: teaching children", Snyder said.

"This movement has grown, and I think it has grown among the teachers themselves", Mitchell said.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday night to pass bills overhauling the school system by spending more than $700 million over the course of a decade and by splitting the district into two.