TEACHER STRIKE IN DETROIT
Detroit has 97 public schools, and teachers at all but 3 of them called out sick Monday. The teachers union recommended the teachers do this after learning the school district will not be able to pay them after June 30th of this year.
As you can hear teachers are tired of mistrust and the games being played by the school officials. Right now, according to the Michigan Governor’s office, there is over $500 million in operating debt for the Detroit school district. Which spends around $1,100 a student on debt service annually.
It’s unclear how many students this affects, but the school district has around 46,000 students.
This has been a trying year for parents and students, and some parents blame the adults who are running things. Their children are the ones suffering.
CNN reports, it’s not the first time Detroit public school teachers have protested by calling in sick en masse. In January, reacting to dilapidated and dangerously unsanitary conditions, teachers staged a sickout, forcing the closure of dozens of schools. Teachers also threatened in March to hold another sickout.
CUBA RECEIVES FIRST AMERICAN CRUISE SHIP IN NEARLY HALF A CENTURY
President Jimmy Carter eliminated almost all restrictions regarding US travel to the communist Cuba in the late 1970s, but recently things have been changing for the island country.
Obama made a groundbreaking visit there earlier in the year and now Carnival cruise line’s has docked their ship, the Adonia, in Havana.
Although tourism is still considered illegal, these visits qualify as people-to-people visits and therefore are deemed OK.
These visits will bring a large amount of foreign currency to the Cuban economy, something which is much needed.
Cruise companies are estimated to pay around half a million per ship and each person on board pays roughly $100 in the cities visited.
In 2015 the top 5 countries to send visitors to Cuba were Canada, Germany, England, France, and Italy.
It should be noted that visitors from one of those countries does not necessarily mean they are citizens of that country.
PRINCE’S ESTATE BEING SETTLED AMICABLY BY FAMILY MEMBERS
The late music icon’s estate is worth an estimated $300 million. Prince’s surviving sister and five half-siblings agreed in court Monday to allow wealth management firm Bremer Trust to continue as special administrator for the fortune.
NBC News reports the siblings are all communicating openly with each other and not fighting over inheritance. They will also be looking to gain control of the ‘Prince Brand.’
Prince died April 21st at 57 years of age. Police are still investigating the death and the autopsy results have still not been released. There were painkillers found at the scene and reports have indicated Prince did not have a prescription for them.
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