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

Prince George’s County, Maryland:
Elementary School Victory

Jan 29, 2024

Parents in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb outside Washington, D.C., just won a fight to keep the neighborhood elementary school open. Pointer Ridge Elementary School will also gain a program for autistic children. District officials had threatened to close the school, claiming it was underutilized. For several months, parents turned up the heat on school board officials and took their demands to the local media. Parents kept saying growth in the neighborhood will bring in more students. Finally, the school board heard them.

Going forward, the fight will be to make sure the school’s student-to-teacher ratio remains low, so the children get the attention they need. The lesson here is, there is power in numbers!