Detroit schools screw teachers, students: Massive debt, phony budgeting

Meyers: "How do you make $30 million dollars disappear? Did you finance a Johnny Depp movie?"

Brendan Gauthier
May 4, 2016 3:11PM (UTC)

"Late Night" host Seth Meyers last night took a "Closer Look" at the situation in Detroit's Public Schools after the district announced its funds would bottom out by June, leaving teachers unpaid for time already worked.

Ninety-four Detroit Public Schools closed Monday after $30 million effectively disappeared from teachers' pension funds. In protest, area teachers staged "sickouts."


"Most teachers choose to withhold money from their paychecks to be paid over the summer, which makes budgeting easier," Meyers explained. "But last week, the Detroit Public Schools ... which are massively in debt, say they won't be able to pay the the teachers for hours already worked."

"And what's worse is it's not even clear what happened to that money that was supposed to go to teacher salaries," he continued. "How do you make $30 million dollars disappear? Did you finance a Johnny Depp movie?"

Watch the full segment below:

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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