This commenter’s post struck a chord with me.
Call me a socialist, but I am totally against any & all fundraising for public schools. We as a nation should provide all our children equally with the highest possible standards we as a nation can afford. Private schools can do their own thing, whatever they can afford. (though it is my understanding that private schools pay teachers less than public schools). I don’t support or contribute in any way to fund raisers for either private or public schools. It sickens me that our children are sent out selling candy & holiday wrapping paper & cans of popcorn to raise money for special programs like art, gym, music in their schools, and that teachers have to help fund raise as well. I want to see education as the highest priority in this nation, and all public schools on equal footing, at least within each state. My higher preference is for the nation to equalize public schooling, so that every public school, no matter where they are located or the average income of their districts or the value of the homes in their districts, provides the same education to all students. Of course we have to retain the freedom for private schools, but privatizing education is a whole different matter. And when non-profit foundations start supporting education, it takes away from the responsibility of the citizenry to do so, and distorts and hides what is really happening to to public education.
Fundraising might work in districts where parents are well-off, hold jobs where these parents can take their child’s brochure to work, etc, but what about those places where kids may not even get breakfast at home? Where family and friends are doing all they can just to scrape by?
Honestly though, if parents were really serious about raising cash for their schools, they’d just write a check to the school rather that go through the charade of selling wrapping paper and over-priced cookies….the cut for the school is pathetic. The ROI sucks.
Further, if you choose to send your child to a private school I assume that means you can afford it. Do not ask me to donate to your child’s private school fundraiser. I already support public education with my tax dollars.
This also means that I don’t want to support your child’s private education with vouchers funded by my tax dollars. If you don’t think our public schools are good enough for your child and you choose to put your child in private school, don’t go begging your friends, family and coworkers to help pay for your child’s private education, and then, when all else fails, insist it is your right to steal my tax dollars to pay your for your kid’s private tuition. Especially if it means less dollars for public education. But even if it didn’t; even if public education didn’t lose a dime, private schools do not have to be accountable to taxpayers in the way that public schools must be.
Don’t ask again.