Court denies injunction against DPS teachers; more sickouts ahead?

The Detroit Public School District loses in court in an effort to stop teacher sickouts.


The Detroit Public School District loses in court in an effort to stop teacher sickouts

The teachers want better building conditions, better resources to teach the kids and Thursday night they say they will keep fighting until there is change.

There's a chance there will be another sickout Monday as DPS and more than 20 teachers face off in court

Detroit teachers slip the first punch thrown by DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Early as a judge denies a temporary restraining order to stop the teacher sickouts.

"It's mismanagement on the district's part," said Ivy Bailey, interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. "Instead of them getting their ducks in order, you jump out there, you're reactionary and instead of us sitting down at the table and getting something done, you're out there throwing darts."

The district has another shot Monday with a scheduled hearing on the matter but ousted teacher union president Steve Conn plans on throwing a counterpunch.

He's calling for another sickout so teachers and students can attend the hearing.

"This builds to a citywide strike it's the way now for all of Detroit to get our schools back and get quality public schools back in every neighborhood," Conn said.

By any means necessary on Monday be at the 14th floor of Cadillac Place at 11 a.m.," said Shanta Driver, Conn's attorney. "This is our opportunity to put them on trial."

FOX 2: "Would you support sickout on Monday?"

"My priority right now, is children," Bailey said. "I'm not focused on that, I'm focused on protecting my members and I'm focusing on quality education for the children of the City of Detroit."

Bailey says Earley overstepped by filing the injunction. His lawsuit named a total of 28 organizations and teachers.  Bailey and Conn say to have nothing to do with the sick-outs and are off work on the family and medical leave act.

"It shows how despicably desperate Snyder and Earley are," Conn said. "That they name people who have nothing to do, but are just out right now on a leave."

DPS filed the injunction after a string of teacher sickouts led to the closure of 88 schools Wednesday.

It released a statement Thursday saying:

"It's extremely important that the court play a role in the resolution of this issue. We look forward to the opportunity to inform the court of the serious effects that these continued sick outs have on the District, its students and their families at the hearing on Monday."

DPS says the sickouts are hurting kids, but lawyers plan on arguing Monday that it is Early and Snyder's policies that are harming children.

The Detroit Public School District loses in court in an effort to stop teacher sickouts

The teachers want better building conditions, better resources to teach the kids and Thursday night they say they will keep fighting until there is change.

There's a chance there will be another sickout Monday as DPS and more than 20 teachers face off in court

Detroit teachers slip the first punch thrown by DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Early as a judge denies a temporary restraining order to stop the teacher sickouts.

"It's mismanagement on the district's part," said Ivy Bailey, interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. "Instead of them getting their ducks in order, you jump out there, you're reactionary and instead of us sitting down at the table and getting something done, you're out there throwing darts."

The district has another shot Monday with a scheduled hearing on the matter but ousted teacher union president Steve Conn plans on throwing a counterpunch.

He's calling for another sickout so teachers and students can attend the hearing.

"This builds to a citywide strike it's the way now for all of Detroit to get our schools back and get quality public schools back in every neighborhood," Conn said.

By any means necessary on Monday be at the 14th floor of Cadillac Place at 11 a.m.," said Shanta Driver, Conn's attorney. "This is our opportunity to put them on trial."

FOX 2: "Would you support sickout on Monday?"

"My priority right now, is children," Bailey said. "I'm not focused on that, I'm focused on protecting my members and I'm focusing on quality education for the children of the City of Detroit."

Bailey says Earley overstepped by filing the injunction. His lawsuit named a total of 28 organizations and teachers.  Bailey and Conn say to have nothing to do with the sick-outs and are off work on the family and medical leave act.

"It shows how despicably desperate Snyder and Earley are," Conn said. "That they name people who have nothing to do, but are just out right now on a leave."

DPS filed the injunction after a string of teacher sickouts led to the closure of 88 schools Wednesday.

It released a statement Thursday saying:

"It's extremely important that the court play a role in the resolution of this issue. We look forward to the opportunity to inform the court of the serious effects that these continued sick outs have on the District, its students and their families at the hearing on Monday."

DPS says the sickouts are hurting kids, but lawyers plan on arguing Monday that it is Early and Snyder's policies that are harming children.
 


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