The Spark

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

Detroit:
Turning out Head Start students while charter schools grow

Oct 10, 2005

The City of Detroit is turning 800 young children out of the public schools – and not for lack of money. The city could have had more than three million dollars in Head Start money from the federal government to pay for the kids' education.

The city says it simply can't find the space for the students. Can't find space? Between 2000 and 2004, the city closed or consolidated 21 schools. Since last June, it closed 30 more. Of course, while the city has been closing schools, it has had 42 charter schools open up in the city.

In other words, while enrollment declined in the public schools, many of those students, and money for their education, have left for the charter schools. Not because charter schools give a better education. Every study made shows they are worse. But charter schools certainly do give money to the businesses and churches that run them.

The Detroit School Board ought to be ashamed – closing schools while shuffling students to charter schools – and then pretending they don't have enough students to keep schools open at the same time they're turning 800 students away!