The Spark

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

L.A. Schools Denied Maintenance

Sep 4, 2017

Some of the more than 600,000 Los Angeles students, who went back to school on August 14, found that the air conditioning in their classrooms was not working – when, in some areas, temperatures reached the 90s.

No wonder some of the broken A/C units were not fixed in time – the workers who could fix them were simply not there. “Based on recommended industry standards,” the L.A. school district has only 31 per cent of the Buildings and Grounds staff it needs, according to a district facilities service director. And that means many L.A. schools will not be properly cleaned and maintained throughout the school year.

In July, the L.A. school board had passed a resolution, ordering district staff to make sure that classrooms are “ready to learn” on the first day of school. But the same school board did not provide the budget for the number of workers needed to make sure classrooms were all clean and air-conditioned by August 14.

In other words, the politicians on the school board did what politicians do – they talked, but they did not act on what they said.