The Spark

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

“Poor” Detroit School Board gives another handout

Feb 4, 2008

The Detroit Public Schools paid over 320,000 dollars last year to a company that doesn’t seem to exist.

Invoices show that money was paid for a list of different types of classroom teaching materials. The district can’t confirm whether it ever received those materials, though.

The company, “Definitive Concepts Company Inc.,” doesn’t even have an address. Its billing address is a P.O. box. It’s not listed in the phone book, or even with state incorporation records.

This is just the latest example of how money has been funneled out of the school district, impoverishing the education of Detroit’s kids and making someone else rich.

For years now, different interests have fought over the assets of the Detroit Public Schools. When the state took over the district and appointed a school board, or when the city took it back and elected a board, through superintendent after superintendent, it was never about the kids. It has always been about the money: who was going to control it, and whose friends were going to get it.