Next up, we can expect a wave of publicity about Detroit's failing teachers, to which I again say "43 students per class. YOU teach under those circumstances." If you're saying "well, Detroit is bankrupt, it's to be expected," first off, you are morally bankrupt. Second, this:
... the proportion of general fund dollars reaching the classroom has declined under emergency management — and not just by a little bit! Spending on classroom instruction constituted 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively, of all general fund expenditures in 2008 and 2009 — the last two years that the elected board set spending targets. Since then, spending on instruction has trended downward, reaching a historic low with Jack Martin’s 2015 budget at a level of just 46.8 percent.Money is also being dedicated to debt service that could reasonably be sent to the classrooms serving Detroit's schoolchildren, while schools are closed and enrollment is declining; "the debt is 'parked' on fewer and fewer students every year, meaning that a larger portion of dollars intended for students in the classroom goes to debt instead."
And while emergency management was to bring “business world efficiency” to the public sector, spending on central administration has actually received a growing slice of the pie. In all, the proportion of general fund spending earmarked for general administration (which includes only central administrative costs, and not business office and school-level administrative costs) is now 64 percent above the proportion allocated in fiscal year 2008, the last year DPS administration did not support an EM’s management team.
And, as Diane Ravitch points out, "Governor Snyder cut corporate taxes." In other words, Detroit is yet another sorry case study in how corporate education reform is about destroying public education, not "choice" or "civil rights" or any of the other ways it's marketed by the billionaires who back it.