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

Bobb’s Latest Plan to Dismantle the DPS

Jan 10, 2011

The “Emergency Financial Manager” of the Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, has unveiled his latest plan to gut the public school system – and it is his most outrageous plan yet.

Bobb says he wants to split the DPS into two separate financial entities – one small one (9,000 students) that will take on all the debt AND all the state revenue for the district; and one larger one (66,000 students) that will have no debt, but no state revenue.

Supposedly, this is to deal with a 327-million-dollar debt (which he himself helped to create).

What a crock of bull!

It’s really a pretext to turn the entire DPS into a charter school district. This would effectively do it: Where would the money for the vast majority of the district come from, if not from public funds? The only other possibility is – private foundations, and charter school corporations. And poof! Almost all of the DPS will become charters.

And of course, this would be an excuse to do what they’ve been working to do all along: to attack the teachers’ wages and working conditions, as well as cutting more and more money spent on actually educating the students. After all, where else would these corporations make their profits?

It’s the latest of Bobb’s proposals that the state give the DPS as a gift to private companies!

If Bobb has his way, these companies will get their gift – and Detroit’s children will get lumps of coal.