- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit judge has again denied a temporary restraining order requested by the city’s school district that would force teachers to stop skipping school.

The judge said Monday there’s no proof the union or individual activists are behind the teacher absences, called sick-outs.

Action could still come later: A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Feb. 16.

Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Manager Darnell Earley said after the hearing that the district’s “sole purpose is to get teachers back in the classroom.”

Teachers are upset over pay, class sizes, building conditions and Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul the district.

The district says two schools are closed Monday due to a high volume of teacher absences.

Detroit has about 100 public schools and 46,000 students.

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