Detroit Schools officials warn of possible closings


DETROIT (AP) – Public school officials in Detroit are warning parents of possible closings due to “ongoing sick-outs” by teachers.

The district says an alert was issued Sunday telling parents that it may need to close a “high number of its school buildings” Monday if not enough teachers show up for class.

Closing alerts are expected to be issued no later than 6 a.m. Monday.

Some schools were closed last week because of teacher absences.

Many teachers in Detroit are dissatisfied with their pay and the district’s poor finances. The cash-strapped district is run by a state-appointed emergency manager.

Former School Board president Steve Conn says Sunday in a release that a “continuation of the rolling strikes” by teachers is expected Monday.

Conn is leader of the Detroit teachers’ Strike to Win Committee.

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