Detroit starts city-wide inspections of school buildings

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DETROIT (AP) — City building and health officials will begin inspecting all Detroit public schools for possible code and safety violations.

The inspections follow visits Mayor Mike Duggan made Tuesday to several schools after the teachers' union complained of rodents, mold and other problems.

His office says Wednesday that 20 buildings believed to be the most problematic will be inspected by the end of January. Each of the district's 97 school buildings is to be looked at by the end of April.

Public charter schools also will be inspected.

Parents, teachers and students are asked to report potential health and safety concerns on the city's website.

Duggan told reporters he saw a dead mouse, children wearing coats in cold classrooms and a gym floor too warped for play during Tuesday's schools tour.

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