The Spark

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

Baltimore City Schools:
Who Benefits?

May 16, 2011

Baltimore City’s school chief just pushed 330 experienced teachers out of the school system, with an early retirement package. Now he proposes up to 500 more layoffs, including classroom aides, accountants and office staff.

The money saved will not go to help improve the education of Baltimore school children. On the contrary, fewer experienced teachers and less help for the entire school system – whether professional or janitorial – simply makes an already bad situation worse.

The money supposedly saved on education will go to line the pockets of the rich, whether contractors who provide computer systems that don’t work, or right-wing destroyers of public education who start private schools – or the wealthiest people in the state who have their hands in the state’s treasury.