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I've been reading articles about the deplorable conditions in the Detroit schools and the teachers who've been documenting it via twitter, etc.

What do you think? I know it's risky to plan a sick-out, but it did create attention, which I believe was the goal.

I personally think I would be afraid to participate, even though I support the idea of raising awareness.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/15/health...-frustrations/


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I was a teacher in Detroit for 19 years and the conditions in Detroit have been very bad for many years. You posted a great article but it only scratched the surface. There are many overcrowded classrooms -like 40 kindergarteners! Often we lacked textbooks or basic teaching supplies. The teachers have individually loaned the district almost $10,000 and now they are afraid it won't be returned to them as promised. They took a 10% pay cut, the elementary teachers lost preps until we were down to 1 per week or if lucky 2. Now they get 3 but I believe one of them is a common prep on Wednesday AFTER school but prior to the mandatory 1 hour staff Mtg. Some principles abuse this and have 2 hour staff meetings. The district demanded more and more from us in lesson planning, mandatory Saturday functions, etc. It was very stressful working there and sometimes I wonder if that stress contributed to my cancer.
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Oh, how awful Maestra. I am glad you were able to retire! Do you still live in the area?
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Yes, wordgirl, I still live in the same area. I still have friends in the district that I am in contact with and of course, there is always FB.
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Here are more photos of conditions
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in Detroit schools. Unbelievable.

http://usuncut.com/class-war/detroit...urbing-photos/


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It's shameful what's happened in Flint (the water) and Detroit (the schools). And our most vulnerable are the unwilling recipients. I hope this brings national attention to the pitfalls of hiring an "emergency manager." What a crock. Maestra, please tell your colleagues that we stand with them!
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To be honest, not every school looks that bad. They did go through a period of closing buildings and building new state-of-the-art buildings. My last year our old school (which had some of the issues you've now seen) closed and we were moved to the last new building in the district. By that time they ran out of money (poor budgeting) and we did not get new furniture or technology.

But it was a bright, spacious, and beautiful new building. It was huge. We housed PK - 8 and I think it was built for 1500 students. Here's the thing, though, they had 2 custodians for this building. Two. It was not being well maintained by the time I left. I can only imagine how it looks now. Plus, the mice and cockroaches came with us.
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I saw the pictures. I could not begin to imagine those conditions in my school or district. Parents would be storming the school board office. Do parents there not have any clout? Is there just no money?
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Just appalling.

The floor looked like it had black mold on it. That is just so sad. How can you teach the kids to value education when this is where they go everyday?!?

I hope that bread thing, was a one time thing....
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