The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Can You Say Kickback?

Mar 15, 2010

While each DPS teacher gave up $10,000 a year; while each teacher works more hours, with no overtime pay; while teachers buy supplies for their classroom, and kids don’t have books, and classrooms are overcrowded–Robert Bobb, the “emergency financial manager” of the Detroit Public Schools, just got an $81,000 raise. Most of it is paid by private foundations that support charter schools.

Overall, he’ll be paid $425,000, up from $344,000 dollars last year.

Bobb’s “base salary” of $280,000 will come from the school district. Since he was appointed by Governor Granholm, she’s the one who okayed the publicly-funded portion of his raise–even though the school district is the one that will have to pay it.

On top of that, fully $145,000 will be paid by private foundations run by businesses–up from $84,000 last year. Granholm’s office supports this, too.

Most of these foundations are being kept secret so far–but the biggest one, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, is a big supporter of charter schools. Bobb graduated from their “Superintendents Academy,” which is nothing more than a training ground for pro-business, pro-charter administrators. Since coming to Detroit he’s been pushing charter schools hard, closing dozens of public schools in the district and handing many of them over to organizations to form charter schools.

Clearly, these foundations–and the businesses behind them–see something in it for them!