Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

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Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

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By John Ruberry

Last week five pub­lic schools in Detroit were closed due to sick-​outs, that is, these for-​the-​kids edu­ca­tors called in sick when they weren’t, likely by the direc­tion of the Detroit Fed­er­a­tion of Teachers.

This is a strike in every­thing but name, and teacher strikes are ille­gal in Michi­gan. And no one it seems, except for Detroit News reporter Ingrid Jacques, to be angry about these phone-​in walk outs. Why aren’t the par­ents up in arms?

Detroit Pub­lic Schools, a nest of malfea­sance for decades, are cur­rently being run by a state emer­gency man­ager. Next month DPS faces a bal­loon debt mill­stone–after which its debt oblig­a­tions may exceed its ben­e­fits and pay­roll expenses. Bank­ruptcy may be com­ing soon to DPS.

You can can­cel the “Detroit is Back!” party, although Pres­i­dent Obama will be in the Motor City for North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tional Auto Show and will undoubt­edly hail the resur­gence of Detroit.

Mon­day, accord­ing the Guardian, the teacher sick-​out may spread to forty schools.

Will the “sick” teach­ers be pun­ished? Will their union be cited for orga­niz­ing an ille­gal strike? Will Detroit par­ents finally get angry? The par­ents should already be angry because for the fourth straight year Detroit’s ele­men­tary schools ranked last in read­ing and math scores among big cities.

Pick your cliché: Do you pre­fer “rear­rang­ing deck chairs on the Titanic?” Or is it “Fid­dling while Rome burns?”

Let me con­clude about Detroit’s so-​called resur­gence since the city emerged from bank­ruptcy in 2014. Yes, there are con­struc­tion and rehab projects under way, mostly down­town, in Mid­town, and in New Cen­ter. Yes, some hip­sters have moved into those areas as well as Cork­town. But even­tu­ally some of them will start fam­i­lies. The prospect of send­ing their chil­dren to a DPS school – along with the bur­den of a munic­i­pal income tax, will likely send those hip­sters packing.

UPDATE Jan­u­ary 11: 58 schools are closed today because of the lat­est sick-​out.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Abandoned Detroit high school
Abandoned Detroit high school

By John Ruberry

Last week five public schools in Detroit were closed due to sick-outs, that is, these for-the-kids educators called in sick when they weren’t, likely by the direction of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

This is a strike in everything but name, and teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan. And no one it seems, except for Detroit News reporter Ingrid Jacques, to be angry about these phone-in walk outs. Why aren’t the parents up in arms?

Detroit Public Schools, a nest of malfeasance for decades, are currently being run by a state emergency manager. Next month DPS faces a balloon debt millstone–after which its debt obligations may exceed its benefits and payroll expenses. Bankruptcy may be coming soon to DPS.

You can cancel the “Detroit is Back!” party, although President Obama will be in the Motor City for North American International Auto Show and will undoubtedly hail the resurgence of Detroit.

Monday, according the Guardian, the teacher sick-out may spread to forty schools.

Will the “sick” teachers be punished? Will their union be cited for organizing an illegal strike? Will Detroit parents finally get angry? The parents should already be angry because for the fourth straight year Detroit’s elementary schools ranked last in reading and math scores among big cities.

Pick your cliché: Do you prefer “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?” Or is it “Fiddling while Rome burns?”

Let me conclude about Detroit’s so-called resurgence since the city emerged from bankruptcy in 2014. Yes, there are construction and rehab projects under way, mostly downtown, in Midtown, and in New Center. Yes, some hipsters have moved into those areas as well as Corktown. But eventually some of them will start families. The prospect of sending their children to a DPS school–along with the burden of a municipal income tax, will likely send those hipsters packing.

UPDATE January 11: 58 schools are closed today because of the latest sick-out.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.