Meanwhile, a state lawmaker said he would introduce two bills Thursday that could start the process of overhauling the Detroit district, which is burdened by debt, falling enrollment and low morale among employees.
Republican Sen. Goeff Hansen said teacher absences, however, could sour the GOP-controlled Legislature’s resolve to the problem. Teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan.
Teachers are upset over class sizes, pay, the condition of buildings and a plan by Gov. Rick Snyder to deal with millions of debt by creating a new district. Already, the district is run by an emergency manager appointed by the Republican governor.
Mayor Mike Duggan toured some schools Tuesday and pledged to come up with a plan to improve buildings where some cold kids wear coats until lunch and rodents roam. Spokesman John Roach said there was nothing yet to announce Wednesday.
“These are things that we have been saying for years and years and years. … We had to cause an interruption,” teacher Nina Chacker told FOX 2 Detroit.
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