The Spark

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

School District Closes Just Before Graduation

May 13, 2013

In early May, parents, teachers and staff of a small Michigan school district were suddenly told that their school district could not make payroll. Just a few weeks from graduation, the Buena Vista school board shut down its schools and laid off all but three staff.

The governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, rejected appeals to use money from the state’s “rainy day fund” to help the students finish their school year. “That’s not what the rainy day fund is really intended for,” he said.

For the students and staff of Buena Vista, it’s a cloudburst, a torrent, a flood. How much rain does the governor need?