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

L.A. Schools:
Budget Math Doesn’t Add Up

Apr 12, 2010

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants to rescind the transfer permits LAUSD grants to students, whose parents work within the borders of other districts. Cortines says his district is losing over 50 million dollars a year in state funding because of these transfers. That money, he says, “could be used to help close LAUSD’s budget deficit,” which supposedly runs over 600 million dollars.

But that money is supposed to be spent for those students–how could it help close the district’s budget gap? Only if the district doesn’t use all of that money for its intended purpose–those students’ education!