45,000 Detroit School District students miss class due to massive teacher sick out

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DETROIT, MI. (WLNS) – They all called in sick but they definitely weren’t home in bed.

Hundreds of Detroit teachers gathered in front of the Cobo Center in Detroit on Thursday to protest conditions in the district.

The teachers held another sick out to highlight the poor conditions and low pay they’ve had to endure within the district, which is deeply in debt.

Now the Detroit School District has filed a lawsuit against the teacher’s union to bring an end to the mass absences.

About 90 percent of the district’s schools were closed, canceling classes for almost 45,000 students.

Some protestors said the sick-outs will continue until conditions improve.

The district has filed a request for an injunction in the Michigan Court of Claims naming the union, activists and about two dozen teachers.

It’s looking to stop the mass absences that are shutting down the district.

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