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

Chicago Public Schools:
Sitting on Covid Money

Jan 31, 2022

To deal with the many problems created by Covid, Chicago Public Schools has received nearly 3 billion dollars from the federal government. One billion was allocated to the district just for this school year.

But the students, who have much greater needs after a year and a half of “remote learning”, and nearly two years of pandemic chaos, have seen very little of this money in the schools. Of the one billion, schools have seen only $50 million to over 500 schools. That’s only about $100,000 for each school—about the salary of one teacher or full-time staff member. It raises the question, where’s the rest going?

The school district says it has plans for the money. Well, they need to do a detailed accounting. Because students need additional staff, PPE, computers, testing and remedial services. Anything else looks suspiciously like corruption!