Letter: No sickouts for charter school teachers

All charter schools in Michigan were open Tuesday. Sadly, the doors were closed at Cass Tech High School in Detroit leaving students home coming off a recent three-week holiday break. Teachers called in sick as a form of a protest.

Cass Tech, representing the shiny success model of DPS schools and one of the largest public schools in Detroit, was dark because teachers were not concerned about meeting the needs of their students and parents. Students have to compete to attend Cass Tech. But they sat at home rather than receiving an education in the classroom. Teacher sickouts have closed numerous schools and kept students home in December.

These actions by teachers are another example of why conversations regarding DPS schools are failing to focus on the kids. Teachers had three weeks to go to Lansing and protest their grievances rather than doing it on the dime of taxpayers and the future of Detroit students.

Too many of our children have been ill prepared for their next steps in life due to the failures of outdated systems.

The focus should never be about the preservation of jobs or governance models. The focus must be on allowing students to access academic programs that give them the same opportunities as students in every other city in this state and country. Charter schools were open.

Jared Burkhart, Michigan Council of

Charter School Authorizers

Hard road for earlier refugees

I can’t understand all the noise about Donald Trump and his comments. Many people born during the Depression, now in their 80s, are the children of immigrants. They came from various parts of the world, especially Europe, between 1840 and 1915. These people from Ireland, Russia, Poland, Italy and other nations were turned away at Ellis Island and Castle Rock if they were “not medically healthy, had crossed eyes, missing limps, blindness.” Families were broken up: some sent forward, some to wait in detention and then be sent back.

The newcomers had to have somewhere to go, someone who vouched for them, that they would not be a drag on the state and were able to provide for themselves, work and contribute. While they did that, they were called hurtful, disparaging names.

They preserved and built today’s America, a nation now in the hands of “I want,” “you owe me,” “I need” you’re a bigot” and the excesses that threaten to tear American down. I see people demanding too much on the backs of what these immigrants gave.

Irene Jordan, Romeo