Detroit Could Axe Hundreds of Teachers; Three Workers Fired in Noose Incident

April 15th, 2009

Detroit Could Axe Hundreds of Teachers

In the face of a projected $303 million deficit, Detroit Public Schools may have to lay off 600 teachers and close 23 schools. These measures are part of a proposal by Michigan’s financial overseer, Robert Bobb, who was named to the position in January after the schools’ superintendent was fired in December of last year. Full story.

Three Workers Fired in Noose Incident

A fuel company at a Rhode Island airport fired two workers Monday accused of hanging a noose over the desk of a Black co-worker. It was a colleague of John Valles at the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., who found the noose when Valles was on vacation Feb. 15. “I took it as a racial slur. A hate crime. That’s how I took it,” Valles said. Allied Aviation announced the firings following the findings of its internal investigation, officials said. Read the rest.

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