Detroit schools face another sickout on Thursday

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 23:20:41-05

Thousands of Detroit Public School teachers are ramping up protests in the city demanding change.

But today, their sickout tactics jumped to new heights -- with 88 schools closing their doors.

Teachers have been using these sickouts to place a spotlight on the crushing challenges that they face in the classroom.

Steve Conn, the former president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, has confirmed that some schools will be closed again tomorrow.

Earlier today the Detroit Strike to Win Committee held a phone conference with more than 100 teachers, students and parents.

They ultimately decided to continue these protests for another day, but do not expect it to be quite as big as today.

The group is holding a meeting tomorrow night, where they will vote on a long list of strike demands. They include getting rid of the emergency manager and restoring programs in the schools.

Today's protests coincided with President Obama's visit to Cobo Center.

Detroit Public Schools officials say sickouts are not the solution and believe they only hurt the students.

Right now, there's no word on which schools will be closed tomorrow.

Be sure to stay with 7 Action News and for the latest closings and developments.