Nearly all schools in Detroit are closed Monday because of a teacher sickout Fox 2 Detroit

Nearly all schools in Detroit are closed Monday because of a teacher sickout.

Teacher sickout closes Detroit schools

Many teachers stage job protest after learning state won't be able to pay them past June 30.

Almost all Detroit Public Schools are closed Monday because of a teacher sickout prompted by the news that the district won't be able to pay them past June 30.

The Detroit Free Press reports that number of teachers calling in sick to work on Monday forced district officials to close 94 schools. The district enrolls about 46,000 students in 97 schools.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers called for the mass sick-out of the district's 2,600 teachers.

District emergency manager Judge Steven Rhodes told the union Saturday that unless the state legislature approves sending more money to the district, there is not enough in the coffers to pay teachers their already-earned salaries after June 30. Summer school and extended special education services also would be canceled.

The district's web site has listed the schools that are closed.

Earlier this year, teachers staged sickouts that closed schools to protest poor facility conditions at many campuses.

Video from Fox 2 Detroit:

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish