The Spark

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

L.A. Unified Cancels Summer School

Jun 8, 2009

As a result [of state budget cuts], I have made a difficult decision and I have announced the cancellation of this year’s summer school and intersession for elementary and middle school students.”

These are the words of Ramon C. Cortines, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Other school districts in the state have made similar announcements.

Who will suffer the consequences of this “difficult decision”? Students who are falling behind and need extra instruction; school employees who have lost employment, and income they had counted on in this time of economic hardship; parents who will have to resort to day care – unaffordable for working-class parents, especially those who have been laid off, or had their hours cut, by their bosses.

It’s true that the politicians in Sacramento want to impose huge cuts on schools. But Cortines, who is in charge of the second-largest school district in the country, could have made another decision: to stand up for the children whose education is supposedly entrusted to him, and tell those politicians that it’s impossible to run schools with the cuts they are proposing.

And as for the state politicians, both Republican and Democrat, last February they included two new corporate tax loopholes, worth billions of dollars in tax cuts for big companies, in the state budget – in the middle of a supposedly huge “budget crisis.”

There is no reason why anyone should believe a single word that comes out of the mouths of these rotten liars. If they are busy dropping their big ax on public schools, it’s because they think they can get away with stealing money from children to give to greedy capitalists.