I'm the parent of a K-age child who is currently waitpooled for our local school (we were 0/7 in Round 1, so maybe tomorrow we'll find out some good news!). We were originally looking at some privates as well, but I was shocked that, in addition to the $20K-$25K that most seemed to be charging, there was the assumption that parents would also donate not just time, but potentially significant amounts of money. However, is this practice also common in the public schools too? If so, what if we choose not to donate directly or get involved in fund-raising?
On a more general note, I have always felt that fund-raising for schools should be organized so that only a percentage (probably half) goes to the school where the fund-raising takes place, with the rest going to a general fund, to be spread across other schools which aren't able to raise funds as successfully. The concept would mean that it's not just a few schools which get all the money simply because they have a higher proportion of rich, generous parents who have the time and means to get involved in donating time & money. At the same point, schools where there is a higher proportion of low-income, single parent families who have less time and money won't get penalized.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Hot topic: Donations and fund-raising
This from a reader:
Posted by Kate