More than 50 Detroit schools closed by teacher sick-out
— reported y KTRK ABC Channel 13
Hundreds of Detroit teachers stayed home Wednesday, forcing more than 50 schools to close in what school officials described as a sick-out to protest a temporary pay cut.
The teachers are upset because some principals are getting raises while they are giving up five days of pay to help balance the district’s budget, district spokeswoman Mattie Majors said.
School officials estimated that 1,500 of the district’s 10,000 teachers were out sick Wednesday. Administrators and substitutes were sent to fill in, but 53 schools had to close, officials said.