Saturday, June 23, 2012

Walcott: Don't Penalize Parents Who Raise Money for Their Schools

"Walcott: Don't Penalize Parents Who Raise Money for Their Schools
June 22, 2012, 6:37 p.m.
As the gap between middle-class and poor public schools widens because of differing results from parent fund-raising, the city’s Department of Education is directing principals to a fund that was set up to deal with such disparities...."

K Webster
The frenzy of fundraising distorts the purpose of a Parents Association. This should be an organization dedicated to getting resources to parents so they can better think about their children. But, instead of gathering to support one another in the outrageously complex task of caring for societies young, already exhausted parents feel the obligation to find money for their school. Or their lives are so overwhelming they give up and watch as their next generation is forgotten - again.
Institutions set up to educate the next generation are everyone's business - tax those who benefited from this system. The growing disparities are in no ones best interest.