DETROIT - The state Senate has one plan the state House another - and if they can't come up with a compromise - Detroit Public Schools will run out of cash.
Fear is growing among parents and teachers as they worry about the future of their students and their classrooms.
Inside Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church Monday, teachers were discussing legislation and ways to get lawmakers to act. Inside is a private evening but we are told 50 to 60 people, including dozens of teachers and union reps are discussing different legislation.
The district is expected to run out of cash by June 30 and without money from the state, the district told teachers they don't have enough cash to keep paychecks coming this summer and those would be for work already earned during the school year.
Last week nearly all public schools were forced to close as teachers called in sick Monday and Tuesday.
Cass Tech social study teacher Brian Diskin attended the meeting and said even his students are getting worried.
"Wherever one or two or 10 or hundreds of people are talking about Detroit Public School education I want to be there to listen, to learn and share my perspective with others," he said. "It has dragged on for far too long and I think some of the frustration is a result of the lingering uncertainty.
"It makes it hard to get up in the morning and go off to work, being uncertain what the outcome will be."
Uncertainty in the air. We are told teachers are also discussing that audit and a class-action lawsuit. We are also told there will be a rally in Lansing at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There will be busses in Detroit picking up people and taking them to Lansing at 8:30 a.m.
Fight for Detroit Children Rally
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Where: Capitol steps, 100 N Capitol Avenue, Lansing
Bus pickup locations:
Matrix Center - 13560 E. McNichols
Focus Hope - 1200 Oakman Blvd
City Covenant - 20405 Schoolcraft Ave
El Bethel Baptist - 25295 Grand River
Western High School - 1500 Scotten
Buses leave at 8:30 a.m. and return to Detroit at 2:30 pm