- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More than 200 people have gathered at the state Capitol to rally for more money for Detroit schools.

The president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers urged lawmakers Tuesday to approve long-term funding to keep the city’s public schools open. Weeks ago, they approved about $49 million to get the district through the year.

Terrence Martin, executive vice president of the union, says there’s an effort to “change the narrative” about Detroit teachers, who have been criticized by Republicans for calling in sick to protest the poor condition of buildings. Union president Ivy Bailey says the union wasn’t involved in teachers skipping school.

Judy Lewis, the grandmother of a 4-year-old, says she was “blown away” when she saw a document asking parents to supply tissues and hand sanitizer for students.

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