The Spark

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

Detroit EAA:
We Need More Cash!

Feb 4, 2013

The “Educational Achievement Authority,” the “district” of schools ripped out of the Detroit Public Schools and handed over to Emergency Manager Roy Roberts to control, is already coming to the state and asking for more money.

The EAA was touted as a new kind of school system, with students working in front of computers that would individualize their work and monitor their progress.

That idea that computers could take the place of human teachers was always ridiculous – it was just an excuse to cut teaching staff to the bone.

But now the EAA is seeking an advance of 2 million dollars – because they don’t have enough computers!

The EAA claimed big money from wealthy donors, foundations and the federal government would cover the cost of their “project.” But according to the Detroit Free Press, “donations have not rolled in as expected.”

Lo and behold – for all the state’s promise of something new to turn performance around, the EAA has the same old problem as all working class school districts: They need money to run a school system.