We’re proud of our Detroit and Highland Park parents and students who spoke out yesterday against the unsafe classroom and building conditions in Detroit Public Schools. Hundreds of Detroit Federation of Teachers instructors (see Teach Detroit on Twitter) have spoken out against the school district’s emergency manager and have been involved in large sick outs to call attention to the hazardous conditions and difficult learning environments. Many parents kept their children from attending school during the District’s “count day” to protest conditions and operations. DPS teachers, staff and students have been suffering under the drastic cuts and undemocratic decisions by one of the same Emergency Manager’s responsible for Flint’s water crisis, Darnell Earley who was recently forced to resign. See the Detroit News for more on the parent-student speak out..
The press conference was held at Central United Methodist Church where Rev. Jill Zundel spoke on the importance of linking up the right to safe, quality childhood education in the face of poverty, and the role of the church to provide a safe place for people who speak out against injustice. The event was organized by the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute and Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management with support from MWRO.