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

Experienced Teacher Buyout:
What About the Kids?

Feb 21, 2011

Baltimore City school CEO Andres Alonso and other school officials are trying to trick or force 750 high seniority teachers to take an early retirement buyout package. They claim it’s because of a budget shortage. Of course there’s a budget shortage – they have been robbing the schools for years.

Some positions won’t be filled. Others would be filled with inexperienced teachers. Some parents immediately spoke out against it, expressing concern over possibly larger class sizes. Every school and the children would be deprived of the valuable expertise and classroom experience. One parent said, “City school students have suffered long enough because of strictly business decisions.”

That’s right – and why every student, teacher and parent has a reason to protest, to come out in force to back them down.