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Two-thirds of Detroit schools close due to teacher 'sick-out'; could strike be near?

from Education World

Despite the Detroit school system telling parents on Sunday to expect a possibility of closed schools due to a 'minority' of teachers staying home in protest, it was forced to keep thousands of students home today after two-thirds of its schools were closed. The "sick-out" was organized by local labor leader Steve Conn in preparation for building a statewide strike. Interestingly enough, though the city's main teachers union — the Detroit Federation of Teachers — is aware of the frustration and poor working conditions for the city's teacher force, it did not have any involvement with sanctioning the sick-outs. more


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