DPS In Distress

Jaylynn Banks, Reporter

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The Detroit Public Schools are going down hill.  On Monday, May 2, 94 out of 97 schools closed because of teacher ‘sick outs’.  Just about 1,500 teachers were not at the schools doing their job.   The teachers are upset because of the horrible conditions the schools are in.  The schools are roach and mice infested, have mushrooms growing in the schools, the ceiling is falling down, and there is deadly black mold everywhere.  In Spain Elementary-Middle School the children are not allowed in one of the gym’s because half of the floor is buckled inward and the other half has had so much water dripped on it that it got washed over with toxic black mold. The teachers were even more upset when they found out that for the work they have already done that on June 30 the teachers were not going to get paid.  The district is not going to have money for the teachers to get paid.  Just for operating the schools are in about $515 million in debt.  For each student it cost the district about $1,100 for each student to be apart of the school.  As you can see, that the students and teachers have to live with the awful conditions.

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