The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Where Are the Custodians?

Feb 15, 2016

Mold, mushrooms, mice and rats? Leaks causing ceiling tiles to collapse? Gym class having to be held in the hallway because the gym has been allowed to rot? The Detroit Public Schools make international headlines with its deplorable conditions.

DPS headed fully down this road 20 years ago, when they privatized and cut to the bare bone the first line of defense, the building custodians. What did they expect to happen? Custodians are not “unnecessary” or “expendable.” The only one expendable is the capitalist system, which is destroying the schools and our children’s lives.