Michigan lawmakers were moving last week to advance a $500 million plan to restructure Detroit public schools by creating a new district—a vote intended to ease the concerns of teachers who had shut down the district for two days by calling out sick.
Teachers staged the protest out of fear they might not get paid if the district runs out of money.
The plan aims to ensure that the newly created district could spend more on academics if freed of debt payments. But lawmakers remain at odds over some issues. The House bill, for instance, would restrict labor contracts.
A version of this article appeared in the May 11, 2016 edition of Education Week as Detroit Restructuring Plan Advances During Sickouts