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

Los Angeles:
Schools without Libraries

Mar 3, 2014

About half of the 600 elementary and middle schools in Los Angeles Unified School District have no trained librarians or library aides. As a result, these schools have either been using volunteers and other school workers to staff their libraries–or have shut down their libraries altogether!

This is one result of deep budget cuts and massive layoffs in LAUSD in recent years. The school board has simply stopped paying for librarians in elementary and middle schools!

In affluent areas, parents can raise money to hire librarians and keep the libraries open–so this kind of cut only hurts schools in working-class neighborhoods. And that’s exactly where students need school libraries, because there are fewer books in their homes.

In what kind of a society do schools deny their students access to books? In capitalist society, where public officials work to help the capitalist class get richer–by depriving the children of the working class even basic education today.