- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Young people in the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project have helped collect about 1,100 signatures from other students calling for poor conditions in Detroit schools to be addressed.

They are scheduled to speak Wednesday at Matrix Human Services Center about the need for equity in educational opportunities in the public school system.

Concerns include the condition of school buildings, access to textbooks and their personal safety.

The district has said it is working to address building maintenance issues raised by teachers during sick-outs that forced the closure of dozens of schools. Teachers and the union have complained about too-large class sizes, rodents, mold and other problems.

The Youth Initiatives Project encourages activism and collaboration among school-age peers.

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