Derrick Thomas Academy teachers sift through bankruptcy documents rather than homework

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This time of year is normally when Janet Nash-Mckamie would be swamped with the start of school.

"I have a passion and a love for teaching," she said. "Would have setup my classroom and would have already greeted my kiddos."

Now, instead of sorting through homework, it's bankruptcy documents for her former school.

"I just thought ‘Wow, another thing,'" she said.

According to the documents, Derrick Thomas Academy filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy less than two weeks ago.

DTA teachers who didn't receive their final paychecks received a letter notifying them last week.

"The debtor attorney explained to me that we should be able to get a portion of our wages. They're not guaranteeing all of it, but a portion," she said.

Several teachers say they tried reaching out to DTA school leaders.

"They're mute, they're silent, no they don't want to talk to us," Nash-Mckamie said.

When looking through the school's bankruptcy documents, liabilities are listed between $10 million and $50 million.

DTA lists between 100 and 199 creditors, which include teachers. Many of them like Janet, who has three college degrees and still can't find a job.

"Trying to keep my head up and stay optimistic," she said.
 

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