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60 Detroit teachers protest at court hearing on sick-outs

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DETROIT (AP) -

About 60 Detroit teachers are protesting outside of a court where a judge will hear arguments in a case that could force teachers to stop skipping school.

A couple dozen are in the courtroom waiting for hearing to start. A judge is holding a hearing Monday on the district's lawsuit to stop the absences, called sick-outs, which have repeatedly forced the district to close schools during the past two weeks and kept thousands of students at home.

Steve Conn, a teacher and activist, says the governor and the school district's emergency manager should be put on trial, not teachers.

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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