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

Baltimore Teachers Say NO

Oct 25, 2010

A majority of teachers voted NO last week on a new contract. The changes proposed would cut annual pay. But even worse, teachers would be paid based on how students do in their school.

It’s hardly a surprise that students in wealthier areas do on average twice as well as students in poorer areas. Wealthier areas put more resources into their schools, hire more teachers and specialists.

This attack, proposed as a way to get rid of “ineffective” teachers, is actually a method of “saving money” on the backs of children most in need of extra education money.

In defending themselves, the teachers were at the same time defending their students.