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Mass teacher sickouts have prompted nearly all of Detroit Public Schools to close on the day President Barack Obama is set to visit the city.
More than 85 schools across the city are closed Wednesday because of excessive teacher absences — the largest in a string of recent sickouts meant to call attention to high class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan’s largest school district.
DPS officials say they have “no other option but to close schools when teachers do not report for work.” Michelle Zdrodowski, DPS spokesperson, said staff members at the schools which have closed must still report for work Wednesday or take a personal leave day. Otherwise, staff could face disciplinary action as most of the district’s 46,000 students sit at home.
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
It wasnt because of Obamas visit...in fact, his visit was only publicly announced a couple weeks back. And the teachers had already begun their daily "sick-outs".
originally posted by: Squirlli
Just got this from my family in Michigan:
DPS inspection reports
I'm glad that they are being made to fix this mess and they are taking no excuses about it.