The Spark

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

Public Schools under Attack

May 30, 2011

Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature are proposing to cut school spending by $370 to $470 per pupil. School districts can save $100 per pupil only if they agree to the politicians’ idea of "best practices." The requirements include:

1. Making school employees pay at least 10% of their health care premiums.

2. Working toward consolidating services – in other words, laying off workers.

3. Obtaining competitive bids for non-instructional services – that is, outsource other jobs to low-wage companies.

4. Self-insure their workers' health care.

“Best practices”? Only for all those corporations who want to put their hands on the schools’ money.