Public schools in Detroit are closed for a second day after hundreds of teachers called in sick when told there would not be enough money to pay them. Diane Hodges reports.
For the second straight day, nearly all public schools in Detroit are closed, because the teachers are staying home. Hundreds of teachers began calling in sick on Monday after city officials said they might not get paid. Ivy Bailey is the Interim Union President of the Detroit Federation Of Teachers. "Nobody should be asked to work and not be paid." Detroit declared bankruptcy three years ago. The state legislature has only approved enough money to meet the city payroll through the end of June. That means teachers whose paychecks are divided evenly through the year will not receive their final checks. Officials are urging lawmakers to approve a rescue plan that would provide more money for the schools. It would also create a new commission with broad powers over school affairs.