The Detroit Public School system, teetering on the thin edge of bankruptcy, running on a gift of $49 million in state aid, is a prime example of why Johnny can't read with an 8th grade literacy rate that is actually lower than the unemployment rate for the city.
So, on the announcement that the school system will run out of money by June when the latest State bailout ends and will be unable to pay teachers, what does the teacher's union do?
Well, today they organized a coordinated sickout that shuts down 94 of 97 schools.
Strikes by public teachers are illegal but this, the latest in a series of organized sickouts is somehow not considered an illegal strike, and had anyone in authority had any spine they would just fire them all and start over, as Detroit probably can't do much worse.
Considering the lack of actual learning that seems to take place within the DPS, it is unlikely the students will notice the sickout or even notice if the teachers were all fired en masse, but the sickout will affect those parents who actually are employed who will now have nowhere to warehouse the kids for the day.