Detroit schools in session after teacher sick-out shutdown

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools says all schools are in session a day after a massive sick-out by teachers kept tens of thousands of students at home.

District spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski gave the update about Thursday’s classes.

Disgruntled Detroit educators have stepped up efforts to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans for the district, its ramshackle finances, dilapidated buildings, overcrowded classrooms and their low pay.

Wednesday’s sick-out shuttered more than 85 of roughly 100 schools and was timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s visit to Detroit.

The district filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to stop the absences that have left parents scrambling for child care and other remedies. On Thursday, Republican lawmakers introduced bills to ease and speed up the process to declare an illegal strike and stiffen penalties.

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