Detroit Teachers Stage 'Sick-out'
As you know, Ohio shares a border with Michigan. Some of you might even live pretty close to our neighboring state. Which makes the Flint water story and this next story we have for you really hit home.
In Detroit, Michigan, teachers participated in an organized sick-out to bring more attention to school conditions there, which they say are a major problem. A sick-out is when a group of teachers decide to call in sick in protest of an issue. Sick-outs are different from strikes, since Michigan law prohibits teacher strikes and includes punishments of up to $5,000 a day.
Many of Detroit's public schools were closed part of last week and into early this week, following a month of planned sick outs. Building conditions such as bathroom stalls without doors, water leaks, overcrowded classes and low pay prompted the teachers to take action.