Dead mice, cold children as Detroit mayor tours schools

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DETROIT, Mich (AP) – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he saw a dead mouse, cold children wearing coats in classrooms and a warped gym floor during a morning tour of some of the city’s public schools.

Duggan toured the buildings on Tuesday. He says the condition of Detroit’s schools is a “mixed bag” with some buildings in good shape. But he says teachers who have complained about mold, rodents and other workplace issues have legitimate concerns.

More than 20 schools were closed Tuesday due to a sick-out by teachers. The district didn’t immediately know how many students were forced to stay home. The district serves about 46,000 students in 100 schools.

Duggan visited the schools with city inspectors. The mayor doesn’t control the school system but says he can order building improvements. He’s promising a plan by Wednesday.

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