The Spark

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

Detroit school protest produces results

Dec 11, 2006

To protest the Detroit school district’s plans to lay off teachers, parents at Duke Ellington Conservatory in Detroit overwhelmingly kept their children home from school for one day last week.

The Duke Ellington Conservatory is a specialized school in the Detroit Public Schools district, teaching students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Of the 500 students who attend the school, only 50 showed up on the day of the protest.

The Detroit school board had previously announced plans to lay off up to 450 teachers across the city.

After the protest, a spokesperson for the school district said that, “because we went back and looked at the numbers...the overwhelming majority of teachers will keep their jobs.”

Yes, they went back and looked at the numbers...after parents and students like those at this school pushed them to!