Nearly all Detroit Public Schools closed Tuesday due to teacher sick-out

- The Detroit Federation of Teachers has called for a second day of teacher sick-outs in Detroit Public Schools. You can find a full list of schools closed below.

The district is projected to run out of cash by June 30. Without funds from the state, teachers who have opted to receive their pay over 12 months instead of the course of the school year will not get checks this summer. More than 1,500 teachers called out sick Monday, forcing 94 of 97 schools to close. More than 45,000 students missed class.

As of Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., more than 90 schools are closed:
 
 Bagley
 Bennett
 Blackwell
 Ronald Brown
 Burton International
 Benjamin Carson
 Carver
 Cass Tech
 Clark
 Roberto Clemente
 Clippert
 Cody: APL
 Cody: DIT
 Cody: MCH
 Coleman Young
 Communication Media & Arts
 Davis Aerospace
 Detroit Collegiate Prep
 Detroit International Academy
 Detroit School of Arts
 Dixon
 Durfee
 Earhart
 Emerson
 Fisher Lower
 Fisher Upper
 Golightly CTC
 Gompers
 Greenfield Union
 Henderson
 Jerry L. White
 Keidan
 Ludington
 Mann
 Marquette
 Thurgood Marshall
 Maybury
 Munger
 Neinas
 Nichols
 Noble
 Osborn Evergreen
 Osborn MST
 Osborn Prep
 Palmer Park
 Priest
 Pulaski
 Randolph High/CTC
 Renaissance
 Robeson/Malcolm X
 Spain
 West Side Academy
 Charles Wright Academy
 Chrysler
 Davison
 Detroit Lions
 Moses Field
 Marcus Garvey
 Golightly Education Center
 A.L. Holmes
 Hutchinson
 Pasteur
 Turning Point Academy
 Ann Arbor Trail
 Bates
 Carstens
 Cooke
 Crockett CTC
 Gardner
 Western International
 Academy of Americas
 Brewer
 Charles Drew Transition Center
 Dossin
 Frederick Douglass
 Duke Ellington
 J.R. King
 Thirkell
 Wayne
 Schulze
 Bow
 East English Village
 FLICS
 Harms
 Mackenzie
 Mark Twain
 Mason
 Sampson
 Carleton
 MLK High School
Bunche
Edison
Vernor

By staging the sickout on Monday, most of the school district's schools were closed - the outliers were a couple of special needs schools. Over 1,500 teachers called in sick - that's almost half of the district's entire workforce. The district told teachers they don't have enough cash to keep the paychecks coming this summer. Those paychecks due in the summer would be for work already earned during the school year.

A press release by activist Steve Conn on Monday said that teachers participating in Monday night's Strike to Win Committee plan to rally at 10 a.m. Tuesday in front of the Fisher Building with a meeting at noon at St. Matthews/St. Joseph's Church at noon.

It is up to the individual teachers to call-in sick, Bailey said.

For a school closing list CLICK HERE. It will up updated as schools are reported closed.

Conn, the former DFT president said in an email that his group had the following demands:

No to the Snyder Plan to dismantle DPS! Rhodes and Snyder Must Go 
 
End all Emergency Management and Restore Democracy to the people of Detroit!
 
Restore full authority to the Elected Detroit School Board
 
Cancel the Debt and Fully fund DPS to provide equal quality public education to Detroit Youth
 
No Payless Paydays
 
Recruit and retain the best teachers for the students of Detroit. In order to do this, DPS must restore the 10% cut, unfreeze the steps, and pay Detroit teachers equally to our peers in the suburbs 
 
Provide all resources, books supplies lower class sizes 
 
No layoffs no school closings 

Declare a Federal Emergency for funds to remove all lead pipes, test all schools, provide medical test and treatment to all students. 
 
Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Steven Rhodes released a statement earlier on Monday on the situation.

"I understand the frustration being felt by our educators, and I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay.   Nevertheless, it breaks my heart to think about the major impact that the closure of 94 of the district’s 97 schools is having on our students and their families. 
 
"Today, 45,628 students are out of school, and families were forced to try to find a way to unexpectedly care for their students. Many parents may have been forced to take a day off from work without pay. And, many of the students who rely on school provided support services such as breakfast, lunch and after school enrichment, went without today. 
 
"Apart from the toll this is taking on our students and their families, of closing 94 schools, District funding will also be impacted - at a time when we can least afford it. 
 
"Today’s school closure action encouraged by the DFT may cost the District approximately $2 million in state aid. That amount of funding equates to the cost of hiring roughly 20 teachers. The loss of these funds also does nothing to help the district address the serious issues that we have all been working to address, including teacher/student ratios and smaller class sizes, as well as improving the quality of the learning environment in our schools. 
 
"I can make no guarantees, but it is clear that the Michigan Legislature understands the urgency of this situation and will act in a timely manner to ensure that operations of the school district continues uninterrupted. 
 
"Even though I have been working every day with policy makers in Lansing to move this legislation forward, I will be continuing my efforts to help them understand how critical the passage of the legislation before them is not only to the future of Detroit Public Schools, but also to the future of the city of Detroit. I need your help in doing this by calling, emailing or writing your state legislators and urging them to help us get this accomplished. 
 
"Without this legislation, Detroit Public Schools will not be able to operate after June 30, 2016. We need everyone to join together in a call to action to our legislators to act thoughtfully, but swiftly."    
 

 

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