Detroit schools sue to try to stop teacher absences
DETROIT — Faced with another massive sick-out by teachers, the Detroit school district filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to stop absences that have kept thousands of students at home and left parents scrambling for child care and other quick remedies.
The latest sick-out shuttered more than 85 of the struggling district's roughly 100 schools and was timed to coincide with a visit to the city by President Barack Obama.
Temperatures in the teens appeared to have kept most students indoors, and all Wednesday's protest — and one last week — did for Carnisha Wesley, 23, was to make her late for her own classes. Wesley had to scramble to find a sitter for her 5-year-old daughter, Myajai, as Ann Arbor Trail school was closed.