The Spark

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

Attacking Children by Attacking Teachers

Jun 18, 2012

The Detroit Public Schools have announced there will be 1,000 fewer teachers next year, either due to retirement or layoffs. Five hundred are retiring, and many of those are being forced to retire under threat of losing their pensions.

This is yet another union-busting attack on teachers. Roy Roberts, the district “emergency manager,” blames it on lower enrollment. But if there’s lower enrollment, it’s because the district gave schools away to charter school operators who use non-union teachers and are not required to meet the same standards.

These cuts, like so many previous ones, mean children in Detroit will have fewer experienced teachers to learn from. Our children deserve the best!