Detroit teachers, school district reach building repair deal

DETROIT – Detroit’s teachers union and the city’s school system have agreed to a settlement to complaints of mold, pests and other buildings maintenance problems in schools.

The agreement was announced Thursday by the Detroit Federation of Teachers calls for an oversight committee to ensure that the build-up of repair requests are handled quickly. The deal also requires the district to generate monthly maintenance reports.

The extrajudicial agreement includes the American Federation of Teachers and Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The deal was approved in the last month of the district, and then an emergency manager. District spokeswoman Jacqueline Robinson says “every employee and student deserves to work and learn in a safe environment.” She says that it is important to work together.

The union sued last year the district faced rolling teacher sick-outs about building conditions and other matters.

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