- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s schools chief wants to meet with the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit’s public schools to discuss health and safety concerns in district buildings.

Superintendent Brian Whiston says Monday in a release that he will call Darnell Earley to set up a meeting.

The district closed about 60 schools Monday after dozens of teachers called in sick. Some schools also were closed last week due to teacher absences.

Many teachers in Detroit are dissatisfied with their pay and the district’s poor finances.

The teachers union also is complaining about rodent infestations, mold, overcrowded classrooms, supply shortages and other problems in buildings. The union is calling for public hearings and says Earley has ignored the conditions.

Detroit’s schools have been under continuous state oversight for nearly seven years.

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