Most of Detroit’s public schools close amid teacher sick-out

The sun sets over Detroit. (File photo)

DETROIT (AP) – Most of Detroit’s public schools are closed for the day due to teacher absences.

Detroit Public Schools made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying more than 85 of its roughly 100 schools were shut.

On Tuesday night, a group advocating for change at city schools known as Detroit Teachers Strike to Win warned of closures as teachers continue a sick-out to protest school conditions, the district’s financial condition and work environments.

Also Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder pushed lawmakers to pass bills to overhaul Detroit’s school district during his State of the State speech.

The district says it has no choice but to close schools when teachers don’t report to work. More than 60 schools were closed Jan. 11 because of an absence of teachers and other sick-outs have taken place.

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