“The administrative uprising against Detroit schools has been a long time coming,” says NY lawyer, Ross Abelow. Mismanagement of funds, several restructuring scenarios, and a bankruptcy, to name a few, has left Detroit with the worst school system in the United States. “The outcome is dire for those on either side of the fence,” adds Abelow. Interestingly, this strike comes just four months after teachers called a previous sick-out in protest over class size, wages, and conditions of buildings. The magic number to rescue Detroit’s school system – $715 million dollars.
December, 2015 a small number of teachers called a sick-out, thus closing three Detroit schools. In January 2016, another sick-out resulted in about 60 Detroit schools were closed. “Detroit has this band-aid affect and unless the problem is solved, its going to be an all out war,” warns Abelow.
Hundreds of teachers called in sick, May 2nd and 3rd, and their teachers union gives their full support. Michelle Zdrodowski, spokeswoman for Detroit School District, says out of about 97 school districts, 87 remain closed. While teachers are calling it a sick-out, its obvious its a full on strike, which is illegal in Michigan. However, Ivy Bailey, the interim president of the teachers union says by not paying the teachers to work, their contracts have been broken. “Politicians have tried to pass a number of bills that call for consequences for striking, but none have become laws,” says Ross Abelow.
Is It Fair Detroit Execs Paid And Not Teachers?
An article published by Deadline Detroit reveals that Detroit School District spokeswoman, Michelle Zdrodowski earns $161,111, while their chief procurement officer, Medina Abdun Noor, earns somewhere around $157,000. That’s not to say Detroit executives are not entitled to a fair wage but it has been pointed out that the teachers are the glue holding those schools together and they deserve to be paid.
Ross Abelow is a New York-based attorney, practicing since 1990, and offering his expertise in a broad range of substantive fields, including divorce and other civil proceedings. After High School, Abelow attended New York University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, then went on to Brooklyn College of Law. For more than 20 years, Ross has litigated an array of cases that range from Commercial and Contract law to matrimonial issues.
Currently, one of his biggest roles is working as an activist for animal rights. After gaining popularity as an animal rights advocate, Ross Abelow went on to start a GoFundMe Campaign to help fight against strays, and animal cruelty. The fund will go to help underfunded New York animal shelters and assist with food, medical needs, and of course sheltering the animals.