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

Privatization of Public Education

Oct 31, 2011

California state politicians continue to cut funding for public schools–cuts totaling 18 billion dollars in the last three years, and another two billion already built into the current state budget.

As money is cut, many schools turn to raising money from various sources. All this does is reinforce the big gap between public schools serving the wealthy and all the rest of the schools.

A recent UCLA survey revealed that “high-poverty high schools” received $5,000 in private donations, while better off schools received an average of $100,000–that is, 20 times more!

And these figures don’t even say anything about the elite private schools. In California, where public high schools put 40, even 50 students in one math or English class these days, and where, supposedly, there is not a penny available for new library books or science supplies, there are high schools with 12 students or less in a class, with fully-stocked libraries and state-of-the-art technology in science labs. It’s just that these schools charge $30,000 or more a year for tuition!

Behind the smokescreen of the “bad economy,” capitalist society is baring its naked, inhumane face: A child can get an education only if daddy and mommy have money–and lots of it.