In addition to a lawsuit against the Detroit Public School District, a teachers’ union has accused the district of blocking environmental health inspectors to look into the troubling school conditions, CNN reports.
The information came in the form of a Detroit Federation of Teachers news release as Ivy Bailey, the union’s interim president, stood by in a press conference on Wednesday. Atrocious school conditions prompted the union to seek outside help to show the DPS just how harmful the lack of resources are for children, Bailey explained.
But the school district declined the union’s request for new inspectors.
The school district said that having more teams of people in buildings would “complicate” their efforts, according to a statement from the district obtained by WDIV.
“Further, the DFT/AFT [the teachers’ unions] were seeking to have teams of unknown individuals come into our school buildings without proper or reasonable prior notice to administration and staff,” the school district said.
Last week, the city released the health and safety reports for four schools and another 14 safety inspection reports, which paint a troubling portrait of the city’s ongoing problems. The Dossin Elementary Health and Safety Field Investigation Report revealed mold growth on damaged interior walls, stained ceilings from previous water leaks, and floor damage from other leaks.
The city of Detroit is reportedly ready to take action if DPS doesn’t correct the numerous health code violations, Click on Detroit reports.
Last week, the DFT/AFT filed lawsuits against the DPS and asked for the removal of emergency manager Darnell Earley, claiming he failed to institute repairs and fix other problems such as overcrowding and insufficient maintenance.
Earley announced his resignation will go into effect at the end of the month. The embattled manager was previously employed by Flint and was one of the officials behind the decision to use water from the Flint River, sending the city into a man-made crisis.
Detroit teachers continue to protest the conditions by calling in sick en masse and posting photos of damages, mold, and more on social media.