Detroit Teachers Protest Decaying Schools

Teachers in Detroit are protesting the state of the schools in the city.

The teachers are protesting with sick-outs against the conditions they work in and students are supposed to learn in. They are protesting pay, class sizes, building conditions and the plan to overhaul the district by Gov. Rick Snyder. Governor Snyder appointed an emergency manager, Darnell Earley, to oversee the district. Earley was the same emergency manager appointed for the city of Flint, Michigan. Flint is currently battling a water pollution problem and Farley was the emergency manager when the crisis began.

TKNN reached out to the Governor’s office for comment, but there was no response.

“I love being a teacher in Detroit Public Schools, challenges and all. But when those who control the schools allow them to deteriorate to the point where the conditions are a distraction to learning, it really makes you question how much they really care about the kids.” said Sharon Miller in an article for the Washington Post.

Detroit schools have been forced to close repeatedly in the past two weeks due to the sick-outs.

“Nobody else would allow their kids to go to classrooms like this in other districts in other places across the State of Michigan,” Rev Dr. Reginald Smith said.

Teachers and leaders from Detroit Public Schools will get a case heard in front of a judge next week. The School District sued for a judge to require the teachers to end their protest.

@Detroitteach, a Twitter account claiming to represent teachers for the school district, has been posting pictures of the conditions at the public schools.

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