The Spark

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

School Budget Cuts

Mar 15, 2010

Prince George’s County in Maryland has approved huge cuts in education: eliminating 800 positions including 355 in the classroom; five-day furloughs; increasing class sizes; slashing bus services; gutting liaisons to parents (that is, translators/interpreters); increasing school lunch costs by 50 cents. In other words, Maryland’s second largest school system is being left high and dry. Workers’ children – who are most of the students in Prince George’s public schools – are not going to get the education they need and deserve.

The cuts supposedly reflect a 23-million-dollar drop in federal stimulus funding and a 37-million- dollar drop in state funding.

There are trillions of dollars to bail out Wall Street with our federal tax money. AND Maryland can afford to give millions of dollars in state tax breaks to corporations – like the Delaware holding company loophole – which amounts to the state losing 24.7 million dollars in tax revenues.

But somehow there is no money to educate our children? This is a huge lie – at the expense of workers’ children!