After a massive sick-out by teachers and faculty that resulted in a city-wide school shutdown, Detroit schools are back in session on Thursday.
In protest of the deplorable state of the schools in Detroit, teachers and faculty decided to stage massive sick-outs to help garner the attention these schools desperately need.
Additionally, teachers have been posting pictures of the deplorable conditions on Twitter and Facebook—a move that has surely gotten the attention of many.
“OMG!!!! That is horrible! I would not send my children there!!” one Twitter user said in response to images on Detroit Teach’s Twitter page.
“Third World country conditions! #lobbycongress #screamtilyouareheard,” another added.
These images have made such a splash that even presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a moment to voice her disgust at the condition of the schools.
“No one would tolerate these conditions in a wealthy suburb. Detroit students and teachers deserve better. –H”
No one would tolerate these conditions in a wealthy suburb. Detroit students and teachers deserve better. -H https://t.co/z07LVKNSsx— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2016
Teachers have been staging these sick-outs for more than a week in protest of these horrid conditions, blaming inadequate funding which they say negatively impacts the learning environment for their students.
Their protest caused nine out of 10 schools to shut down on Wednesday—and it seems that it has finally sparked a legal response, albeit not one that will create the change teachers were hoping for.
According to CNN, “an attorney for the school district asked a judge to issue a restraining order and preliminary injunction to force teachers to stop sick-outs and return to work.”
"(The) time to act is now," Governor Rick Snyder told lawmakers in his State of the State address Tuesday night. "The Detroit schools are in need of a transformational change. The state needs to ensure that a complete failure to educate schoolchildren never again happens to this extent in one of Michigan's districts."
School district spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski said in a statement, "DPS [Detroit Public Schools] has requested the court's intervention in addressing the ongoing teacher sick-outs that are plaguing the district.”
The teachers union also issued their own statement on the matter, adding, “Detroit deserves better.”
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