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Is It Fair For Public Schools to Ask Parents to Contribute?

The school bell's ringing, but are there enough teachers to adequately educate your child? That's the question many public school districts face as budget cuts have forced administrators to remove special ed teachers, aides and supplies from our kids' classrooms. The lack of funding has led many PTAs to ask families to contribute money to help maintain the staffing and supply levels that schools have grown accustomed to each year.Tax dollars are the traditional monetary resource for public school systems, but the lagging economy has emptied many municipalities' coffers. It is estimated that states will reduce school funding by $350 billion over the next two years. The recent reliance on school families to pay teacher and aides' salaries is not without controversy. One report said:

Some fear that relying on parents' generosity could leave poor districts even further behind. These districts do not have the well-to-do residents, the big property tax bases or the successful local businesses that wealthier communities have.

How do you feel about financially contributing to your child's public school education?

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Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"I think it would actually be more of a problem if a private school asked for additional donations, since most are already charging an arm and a leg for tuition." Oh lord, you have no idea...private schools ask for way more donations than public schools do and many have even more fund-raising events.
photodee photodee 8 years
I love being a part of my son's classroom and have no problem donating supplies - it will benefit him & other kids, as well :) What could be better?
Roarman Roarman 8 years
We are typically sent a supply list sometime in August that we are asked to purchase for the class. It is sent to every parent in the class and the hope is that if all parents get the items on the list, the class will have the supplies it needs throughout the year. I don't have a problem with it.
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