“We have learned that the debt of Detroit Public Schools is in excess of $800 million, and it is imperative, now more than ever, that an audit be conducted of DPS from 1999 through the present to find out exactly what happened. While we were unaware of the union’s decision to stage a sickout today, the fear and anger of our teachers is rising, and it will only grow exponentially until something is done about the crisis facing the Detroit Public Schools. There are too many problems that need fixing and questions that need answers which an audit will help to determine the best path forward when it comes to funding as well as ensure there are no gaps in pay or instruction. We look forward to breaking new ground as we work with labor groups, Judge Steven Rhodes and the governor’s office together to stay committed to finding a solution for DPS that continues to make students the priority and not victims of failed policy.”