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

L.A. Schools:
“Put the Students to Sleep”

Sep 3, 2012

Schools in L.A. Unified started early this year – in the middle of a severe heat wave. As temperatures rose above 100 degrees, many teachers and students found that air conditioning in their classrooms did not work. Many of the broken A/C’s were not fixed for days, sometimes a week or two. It’s not a surprise, given that L.A. schools have laid off so many workers in the past decade, including maintenance workers.

At an elementary school, an administrator told an inquiring teacher: “Shut the windows and blinds, turn the lights off, and tell the kids to put down their heads and sleep.”

It’s just one more admission that the students are being cheated of an education.