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

Baltimore Schools:
Safety for Everyone?

Nov 9, 2020

The Baltimore City school superintendent announced some schools would bring groups of students to the classroom in mid-November. The governor has more than once blamed teachers because Maryland schools had to open online this fall.

In fact, none of the politicians has really done anything about school safety, because long before the coronavirus, some school systems were overcrowded. Even before the virus, there were Baltimore City and Baltimore County school classrooms that lacked windows, or air conditioning, or sometimes heat. Some teachers paid for water for their students and for paper supplies out of their own pockets.

But none of the school systems hired more teachers, so that kids would be more spread out for safety. In fact, the city schools announced layoffs.

Again, the money and the mouths of the politicians were not in sync.