Detroit Public Schools (DPS) teacher sick out was created by a history of corruption, neglect, misconduct (arguable misconduct that boarders child abuse) and a straight out lawless free for all. Its essences the making of a “powder cake” of dynamite dangerously waiting for the slightest spark to ignite an explosion for which many have never seen before. Some would undoubtedly say Rick Snyder, Michigan’s governor and his most recent appointment of Darnell Early as DPS emergency manager (EM) are front and center in the schematic hierarchy of blame.
Although Early’s appointment is far from the first EM the district’s has seen. His previous appointment as Flint’s EM is playing out in the media in an extremely nefarious manner. In fact prior to Early’s appointment the citizens of Michigan voted down the institution of placing EM’s all together to no avail. Early would be DPS third EM since Michiganders voted down the use of emergency managers. Maybe it’s the fact that under Early’s administration the district’s already out of control deficit has ballooned tremendously. The ballooned deficit still has the students of Detroit with no arts, no gym, no computer classes, no functioning libraries, no electives and in far too many cases no teachers or books. Or maybe even the fact the governor has a plan that would put the already understaffed, overworked, over criticized, over written up, overly inspected, under-insured and plain over whipped/ spited teachers in even greater demise and detriment. This plan will lay off over 90 % of the district’s dedicated teachers and force them into an uncertain future that would consist of a, “Twilight Zone” that seems to exist somewhere between the pointedly failed Educational Achievement Authority (EAA created by the governor) and other privately run characters (both nonunion).
Apparently for DPS teachers this is the modern face of a ten year teacher.
Without question the present unfolding sad, unfortunate, noxious and still unresolved yet dynamic situation of the children of Flint would have a tremendous impact on the teachers of Detroit. The same man responsible for the safety and well-being of a 100,000 residents in Flint including the children of Flint would now be place over the children of Detroit. While these are completely different cities they share a similar demographic. Likewise actions were taken under the subterfuge of saving money (yet another extremely uneasy connection between the two cities). The community of Detroit is faced with dangerous conditions that range from rodent filled, bug infested buildings, no heat, black mold, uncleaned, various mold, leaky roofs, standing water, too much heat, unsafe grounds to buildings that don’t have broiler operates which means those buildings could blow up at any time ! That could result in the unnecessary loss of innocent life all to save a few dollars. Flint has already loss ten lives in relation to so called cost saving measures.
The teachers of Detroit have taken a stand. They have decided that not only is enough enough but in this most recent concretions of deadly decisions the careless and caviler treatment of the life of a certain demographic is one in which they will not turn a blind eye. The price is completely unacceptable and unbearable!