Try Funding Schools
School has started and with it the school fundraisers, Denver Post columnist Michelle Singeltary laments. Yet nowhere in her entire column complaining about the gift wrap and candy bars she is urged to hawk does she mention the proverbial elephant in the room.
Schools need fundraisers because they don’t get adequate state funding.
Colorado has the dubious distinction of ranking 49th in the precentage of the state’s wealth devoted to K-12 public schools, according to Great Education Colorado.Unfortunately, it’s the public schools in affluent areas that tend to do the best at fundraising–and therefore can offer the most attractive programs for students.
Check out this description of how fundraising has helped Bromwell Elementary School, located near the upscale Cherry Creek shopping district, with music, physical education, and art programs, among others.
It’s one thing when schools do fundraisers for extras, such as sending the school band to play in a competition in Romania. But it’s another thing all together when extra fundraising is required to finance basic programs, such as music and art instruction.
I’d much prefer to shell out a bit more in taxes to pay for school activities than buy a candy bar I don’t want from a kid who I’d rather see out playing rather than going door-to-door selling the stuff.
[crossposted at Muckraking Mom.]
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
To celebrate 50 years of the Colorado Open Records Act, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition presents “Sunshine in Your Pocket,” offering tools for both […]Read More
Republican candidates for governor vigorously defended Colorado’s oil and gas operators on Wednesday, including Cynthia Coffman who said she has worked on behalf of the […]Read More