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

State of Michigan Proposes School Closures—Again

Feb 6, 2017

Michigan’s “School Reform Office” has announced that up to 38 schools in poor neighborhoods could be closed because of “poor performance.”

Many of the schools slated for closure have been under state control for years. The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) has been under state control for 14 of the past 18 years. The state shut down numerous schools in that time. Now the state wants to close 16 more.

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is a collection of schools that were ripped out of the DPS and run by a state-appointed chancellor. The state wants to close 8 of those 13 schools. Schools are on the chopping block in other cities: Muskegon Heights; Benton Harbor; Pontiac; Saginaw–the pattern is the same.

All over Michigan, state officials have handed millions of dollars of public school money to private interests as neighborhood schools in working class communities have been gutted.

The state itself has admitted that after years of school closings, the result is poorer education for those least fortunate, not better.

But their solution ... is to do more of the same.

If the state finds these schools are sub-par, this is an indictment of what the state itself has done to these schools and these districts!

The Working Class can put a stop to this attack. We can insist that all working class schools are kept open; fully funded; expanded; flooded with the resources, teachers, and equipment. Our children need to succeed.

The money is there. The working class created the wealth and should benefit from it!