It truly is a privilege to have the luxury of being able to dedicate time and money to something you believe in. But it shouldn’t be necessary — and worst of all, it might deepen school inequality.
When it comes to school foundations, defining what’s fair is a philosophical challenge.
A new study found that the number of parent and community-led private fundraising groups is snowballing. In California, private fundraising has become a way for parents to raise money for their kids’ schools and compensate for inadequacies in state funding.
Mario Koran and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia explain how school fundraising is distributed in schools around San Diego Unified.
Some San Diego Unified schools are letting their fundraising groups run their official school websites, and even allowing businesses to advertise on their sites. The San Diego County Civil Grand Jury says that contradicts the district’s own guidelines.
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School fundraising groups say they balance the equation by drumming up money for schools that get less state and federal funds. Because this line of thinking keeps resurfacing, it’s worth a closer look.
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Parent fundraising groups are pumping a lot of money into San Diego Unified schools, but because the district doesn’t track these nonprofits, we haven’t been able to say how much – until now.
Parents and even administrators often don’t like to talk about where they get extra money or how federal money is spent. But here’s what we’ve learned so far about the nonprofit fundraising groups that boost certain schools.