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It’s no secret that Detroit schools are in poor shape right now. 

However, some may feel that the shape of Detroit schools has reached it’s breaking point since it has been revealed that an eighth-grader taught a math class for a month because no teachers were available.

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According to Herald News, an eighth-grade student was “put in charge” of teaching math to other eighth graders and seventh graders for one month.

A teacher was initially instructing the students, but quit after two weeks, according to Rosenbaum. The teacher was replaced by a paraprofessional, who also couldn’t handle it and left. Administrators then put the students in the hands of another student.

Last week, a federal suit was filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other top education officials, asserts that students in Detroit are forced to learn in “slum-like conditions” and lack the “basic educational opportunities” that other children in the state receive.

“The abysmal conditions and appalling outcomes in Plaintiffs’ schools are unprecedented,” reads the lawsuit, filed on behalf of seven black and Latino students at low-performing schools. “And they would be unthinkable in schools serving predominantly white, affluent student populations.”

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