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Union: Teacher sick-out tied to Obama's Detroit trip

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A spokeswoman for the Detroit Federation of Teachers says the timing and size of Wednesday's sick-out that has closed more than 85 buildings and forced thousands of students to remain home has to do with President Barack Obama's visit to the city.

Union spokeswoman Ann Mitchell tells The Associated Press that teachers "couldn't miss the opportunity" with Obama in the city to say they "really need someone to help focus on the schools."

Obama is scheduled to tour the North American International Auto Show downtown.

Wednesday's protest is the largest by Detroit teachers yet. The sick-outs also appear to be gaining support from more of the rank and file.

Mitchell says the teacher's union did not encourage educators to participate in the sickout, but adds that "the movement has grown."

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