The Spark

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

Sacrificing the young victims of Katrina to increase the profits of private schools

Sep 12, 2005

Tom DeLay, the Republican leader of the House of Representatives, proposed that students displaced by Hurricane Katrina be given vouchers to be used at private schools.

Why? Every study shows that private schools available to working class students provide a worse education than do public schools.

A recent study in Baltimore shows the reason. Edison, the largest private school company in the country runs schools in Baltimore. Edison made $1,425 in profit last year on each student. It spent $1,059 per student for administration, twice the amount spent in publicly run schools. So out of the $9,370 per pupil that Edison was paid last year, $2,484 did NOT go toward educating its students.

No wonder Edison students did less well than did students at comparable public schools in the city.

Don't let DeLay pretend to aid Katrina's young victims. He's nothing but another scoundrel trying to take advantage of them for private gain.