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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Michigan to Slash School Spending

Apr 29, 2013

Michigan Governor Snyder has set up a secret work group that, if successful, will dismantle public education even more than it already is. The “Skunk Works” committee’s goal is to give public school money to corporations and private schools through a voucher-like system. This is illegal under current Michigan law, but THAT will not stop them.

Records obtained by the Detroit News show they want to create what they call a “value school.” This label is accurate in only the most cynical way. They want the “value” or dollars now going to educate children to be transferred to the bank accounts of corporations.

Their goal is to slash spending down to $5000 per student from the current amount of $7000 per student. To cut costs, they will get rid of teachers and plop students in front of computers for “long-distance video conferencing.” Class sizes will be huge!

Compare this to the education Governor Snyder chose for his own daughter. She attends Greenhills, a private school in Ann Arbor. There the student-to-teacher ratio is one to eight. Greenhills’ 2009 tax return shows they spend $24,000 per student–almost five times more than Snyder’s goal for working class children!

This education reform committee includes no students, parents, teachers, school administrators or scientists who study education–just people from the world of big business.

Perhaps next, corporations can reorganize brain surgery and exclude all doctors, nurses, patients, and brain researchers!

Snyder’s group called itself a “skunk works.” It’s a perfect name–because their plan stinks beyond belief!