Detroit Teachers Continue Sickout

Detroit Public Schools teachers are in their second day of a districtwide “sickout” closing 94 of 97 schools and hoping to draw attention to the school district’s severe budget problems. The district’s emergency manager has said that unless the system gets more funding, teachers won’t be paid past the end of June. The budget deficit rose to $320 million this year, which is on top of existing, immense long-term obligations of $3.5 billion. Hundreds of teachers rallied outside the Fisher state office building Monday to call for a forensic audit of DPS and “a guarantee they would be paid for their work.”