From Diversity, Inc:
Teachers in Detroit have been protesting the deplorable conditions of their schools and on Wednesday staged their biggest “sick-out,” where teachers refused to work to bring attention to the matter. This forced 88 of the city’s 97 public schools to close, according to the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Facebook page.
Some of the problems schools face include significantly overpopulated classrooms, leaky ceilings, mildew, broken heaters, warped floors, bugs and rats. In addition to the poor building conditions, teachers are also protesting cuts in salaries and increased health care expenses.
Like Flint, Detroit is also a majority-Black city, with 82.7 percent of its population being Black. This greatly contrasts with the overall population of Michigan, which is 14.2 percent Black, as well as the U.S. Black population of 12.7 percent.
- The Emergency Manager Who Used to Oversee Flint, Michigan, Just Resigned From Detroit’s Struggling Public Schools (Slate)
- Teachers union says DPS blocked its health inspectors (Detroit Free Press)
- 'We are failing them': Detroit teachers demand fix to 'hazardous' school (CNN)
- Students stay home as 'sick-outs' continue in Detroit Public Schools (CNN)
- DPS sickouts put spotlight on a district in free fall (Michigan Radio)
- How bad are conditions in Detroit public schools? This appalling. (The Washington Post)
- Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help (Bridge Magazine)