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94 out of 97 Public Schools In Detroit Closed Monday

The massive shut down took place after instructors learned they wouldn't be paid past June 30.

Nearly 46,000 students in Detroit didn't go to school Monday due to what is being reported as a "sick out." Ninety-four out of 97 schools were closed when instructors learned they would not receive salaries past June 30, resulting in nearly 2,600 teachers not showing up for work May 2.

Over the weekend, teachers learned they wouldn't be paid, and according to Ivy Bailey, the interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, instructors planned rallied at the district’s central administration building.

“There’s a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day’s work, you’ll receive a day’s pay. DPS (Detroit Public Schools) is breaking that deal,” Bailey said. “Teachers want to be in the classroom giving children a chance to learn and reach their potential. Unfortunately, by refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, DPS is effectively locking our members out of the classrooms.”

According to CNN, teachers and some parents are urging Michigan lawmakers to pass a $715 million education reform package that would fund salaries for July and going forward. The interim salary for Detroit public school teachers is $63,000

Steven Rhodes, a retired bankruptcy judge appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the sick outs aren't necessary, but understand the plight of Detroit's teachers.

"It is unfortunate that the (teachers union) has chosen to make a statement in this way," Rhodes said in a statement. "I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay."

Detroit's public schools have been in crisis for months. The district has about 515 million in operating debt and is spending about $1,100 per student on debt service annually.

Yet despite empathizing with teachers, Rhodes called the sickout "drastic."

“Wages that are owed to teachers should be paid,” Rhodes said. “I understand the frustration and anger that our teachers feel. I am, however, confident that the Legislature will support the request that will guarantee that teachers will receive the pay that is owed to them. The (union’s) choice for a drastic call to action was not necessary.”

This isn't the first time teachers in Detroit have performed a sickout. At the top of the years, as a response to dangerous and unsanitary conditions, Detroit public school teachers called out en masse. The unbearable conditions included rat and roach infestation, black mold and pieces of the ceiling falling.

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Justice Department Will Not Charge Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

The day before the five year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, it was reported by multiple outlets that a federal prosecutor would not charge the police officer responsible for his death.

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Charlottesville Killer Receives Life Sentence Plus 419 Years

James Alex Fields Jr will spend the rest of his life behind bars for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., which injured many and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

According to reports, Judge Richard Moore sentenced the 22-year-old white supremacist to life in prison plus 419 years. Fields, who reportedly had a picture of Adolf Hitler framed by his bed, drove from Ohio to attend the 2017 Unite The Right Rally with fellow racists and neo-Nazi's to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

The event also drew Heyer and other counter-protestors who marched against white nationalism. The violence forced local authorities to declare an unlawful assembly and begin the process of demobilizing everyone. Later on the same day, Fields drove his car into a crowd killing Heyer and hurting others.

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A Texas Woman Lived With Her Mother's Dead Body For Three Years

A Texas woman is facing two to 20 years in prison for living with her dead mother's body for three years.

According to CNN, Delissa Navonne Crayton's 71-year-old mother's corpse was found inside a room, while Crayton and her daughter dwelled in another room inside the home.

Investigators said Crayton's mother fell, hit her head and died a few days later. It appears as if the fall was accidental, however, Crayton's refusal to have her be seen by a doctor, assisted in her mother's death. A coroner's report

"From 2016 until July 7, 2019, approximately 3 years, Delissa Crayton resided in the residence with her daughter who was at the time under the age of 15," the Seguin Police Department said.

Crayton was arrested and charged with "Injury to a Child under the age of 15 through recklessly, by omission, causing to a child, serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury."

The second-degree felony also carries a $10,000 fine.

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