The Latest: Schools chief: Solution in Lansing, not lawsuit

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 5:06 PM

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on problems in Detroit Public Schools (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

The Detroit Public Schools' state-appointed emergency manager says many issues raised in a lawsuit filed against the district by the teachers' union would be handled in a 10-year, $715 million plan put forth by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Emergency Manager Darnell Earley said in a statement Thursday the district is "committed to ensuring ... students and staff have a safe working and learning environment." He says it's "critical" lawmakers take up Snyder's district reorganization and investment plan.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers' suit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court seeks "an appropriately funded capital plan" to fix districtwide problems. It calls for removing Earley and returning to local control.

Teacher sick-outs in the Detroit Public Schools have forced the closing of dozens of schools some days. They are protesting poor pay, crowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and other issues.

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3:10 p.m.

The Detroit teachers' union has filed a lawsuit against the district calling for repairing "deplorable" conditions and removing the state-appointed emergency manager.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers' suit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court seeks "an appropriately funded capital plan" to fix districtwide problems. It calls for removing Emergency Manager Darnell Earley and returning to local control.

A district spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Rolling teacher sick-outs in the Detroit Public Schools have forced the closing of dozens of schools some days. A judge this week denied the district's second attempt at a temporary restraining order against the sick-outs over poor pay, crowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and other issues.

The union says it doesn't condone educators' actions involved in the sick-outs.