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Study: Detroit among best cities for teachers

A new study ranked Detroit as the third best big city in the country for teachers.
A new study ranked Detroit as the third best big city in the country for teachers.

DETROIT – "I'm not sure who they're talking about but it should not be Detroit Public Schools."

That's the first reaction Executive Vice President of the Detroit Federation of Teachers had when hearing about the city's high rank in a new study that says it's one of the best places to be a teacher.

The study, done by a research firm in New York called "ValuePenguin," classified the best cities for teachers as those that scored well in median salary, cost of living and a couple of other factors.

We tried contacting the person who wrote the study, but he wouldn't agree to an interview.

The research says that out of big cities with a population of more than 500,000, Detroit ranked third in terms of best cities for teachers.

It's a number that Ivy Bailey, a former special education teacher, says doesn't add up.

"Right now we're facing another increase in our health care costs, which many of our members will not be able to afford," Bailey said. "We have not received a raise in the last nine years. I'm not sure why they think we're one of the best places to be a teacher because right now, we're not."

In addition to Detroit, two other cities from Michigan made the list: Warren and Kalamazoo.

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