Watch: Detroit Teachers Shut Down Schools for Second Day Over Lack of Pay

It’s illegal for teachers to go on strike in Michigan—so, by the hundreds they began calling in sick Monday—after city officials said they might not get paid because the cash-strapped city will soon run out of money to pay its employees.


But this isn’t the only crisis the city is facing right now. Officials say a lack of funds has also spurred the city to start cutting off water to up to 20,000 who are behind on payments. 

Governor Rick Snyder criticized the sick-outs. “That’s not a constructive act to getting legislation done,” the governor told The Detroit News.

Watch: Detroit Teachers share devastating stories during rally

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