The state had approved $47.8 million in emergency money to keep the student school system operating, but the amount only pays the bills through June 30. Detroit Schools also would be unable to fund summer school programs after June 30. The Legislature considered a $720 million restructuring plan.
The teachers can choose to recieve their pay over the course of the school year or spread it over the full 12 months. Approximately 3,000 educators chose to have it spread over 26 weeks. Some say that they chose this becuase they need the paycheck becuase without it, they won't survive through July and August. "We have already put the work in," says Kimberly Morrison, 54, a reading and recovery specialist employee. "If I don't get my pay, then somebody else-who I owe- won't get their pay."
A few hundred teachers picketed outside the district's administrative offices. "There's a basic agreement in America: when you put in a day's work, you'll recieve a day's pay," says the Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President, Ivy Bailey in a statement. "DPS is breaking that deal."