Detroit teachers say they will return to work

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DETROIT (AP) – Detroit teachers say they will return to the classroom Wednesday after most schools were closed for two straight days because faculty called out sick.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers announced the end of the protest after the district’s state-appointed transitional manager, Steven Rhodes, offered assurance “that they will be paid for their work.” Union leaders encouraged members to go back to school.

The district is projected to run out of cash by June 30. Without money from the state, teachers who have opted to receive their pay over 12 months instead of the course of the school year will not get checks this summer.

State lawmakers are working on plans to restructure Detroit’s ailing school district.

About 45,000 Detroit students missed class Monday and Tuesday.

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