The Spark

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

Washington, D.C.
– Which Schools Are Short of Books?

Mar 16, 2015

The Washington, D.C. public school system does not provide books for school libraries. The no-funding policy forces each school to keep up its school library on its own, by asking for donations from parents. The result is that schools in working class neighborhoods have fewer books, while schools in richer neighborhoods have more.

One elementary school in Ward Seven has only two books per student, ten times less than the recommendation. But in wealthy areas of Northwest D.C., one elementary school has 59 books per student and another has 40.

The no-funding policy is only one more way to deprive working class children of a quality education.