After learning that the Detroit Public School System has only enough funds to pay teachers and education professionals through June 30, many teachers and administrators responded by striking in the form of a “sick-out.” Because it is illegal for teachers to strike, 1500+ teachers in the Detroit greater metropolitan area called-in sick, effectively closing 94 of 97 public schools for the past two days. The average teacher earns about 63,000 dollars per year, and according to the teachers’ union, nearly 2/3 of teachers choose to have their pay distributed evenly throughout the calendar year rather than just during the academic year. For those teachers, the news regarding a shortage of funds to pay teacher salaries is even more concerning and unfair than for others, since it means they are currently working hours that will not be compensated for in the future. Interestingly, this is not the first instance of teacher sick-outs; earlier this year, teachers staged a sick-out to protest against the dilapidated condition of many schools, which in some cases may be dangerous. Teachers and lobbyists have encouraged the Michigan state legislature to pass an education reform bill that would allocate $715 million dollars towards teacher pay and hopefully repairs for the schools. Until then, however, kids remain out of school, disrupting not only their learning but also the lives of working parents who have to take time off work to care for their children.