Detroit teacher ‘sick out’ highlights district’s worst-in-nation student performance

May 3, 2016 by

DETROIT – Detroit Federation of Teachers members ditched their students to protest about pay today, despite data that shows they’ve been ineffective at improving the district’s worst-in-the-nation student academic performance.

“There’s a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day’s work, you’ll receive a day’s pay,” DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey said in a statement announcing a teacher sick out today to protest the district’s chronic budget problems. “Unfortunately, by refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, (Detroit Public Schools) is effectively locking our members out of the classrooms.”

Bailey’s brash comments beg the question: What are Detroit and Michigan taxpayers getting for their money?

The answer is simple: Failure.

The DPS district profile for the 2015-16 school year posted online shows that while the graduation rate has increased slightly in the last three years, student academic performance in general remains a national embarrassment for virtually all grade levels.

The combined results for students of all grades tested last spring shows a mere 2.9 percent met basic proficiency standards for science, 7.9 percent reached that threshold for math, 8.1 were proficient in Social Studies, and 14.6 met standards in English Language Arts.

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