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How much is your school’s suggested donation?
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November 4th, 2009 at 7:34 am
Las Lomitas elem school foundation has a suggested donation of $1100 per child. AFAIK this is the highest among RBA schools. Most are around $700.
November 6th, 2009 at 6:54 am
The amounts are usually published in the foundation’s newsletter.
Saratoga and Los Altos elementary are around $700.
The donations pay for things that are now extras in elem school, like art, music, P.E. Districts that don’t have the foundations may offer these but will charge the parents. Or they may not offer them at all.
On the bright side, property taxes are low if you held your house for 20 years. And those folks probably don’t particularly care about schools anymore.
So CA school spending is around $5500 for most schools (revenue limit) but is higher for ones that are funded by local prop tax (e.g. Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Palo Alto) – these range from $8000 to $12000. I’m not sure if those figures include the foundation donations are not.
Whereas in NJ (Burbed’s favorite) school spending between $12k and $20k per student!
It’s puzzling why it’s so low here. Our taxes are not as high as Rush Limbaugh would have you believe, but they are not particularly low either. The only thing I can come up with is that there’s relatively more children here per taxpayer. Or we spend money on other things – but we are low on spending on roads and infrastructure too.
November 6th, 2009 at 7:55 am
Los Gatos suggests $600 for family with 1 child, and
$900 for family with multiple kids.
November 6th, 2009 at 10:12 am
Ahh, a subject near and dear to my heart. The PIE foundation for my kid’s schools in the slums of Palo Alto recommend $650 for one, $1350 for two and and $1950 for three.
Either someone can’t do simple multiplication problems or they really believe that multiple kids per family are more burdensome to the system than one.
This is all in addition to the PTA requested donations, which vary between schools, but average around $350. So I guess the total is $1000 per student in the slums of palo alto.
But don’t forget the library donations or the pertpetual fundraisers (you would think they could pick decent restaurants, but they don’t.)
Actually there’s more… here’s what else gallileo sent to me:
You asked for a few of the donation appeals. Mostly they just hit the round file (after I donate–yes, the guilt trips work). But here are a couple from the Palo Alto Partners in Education newsletter that hasn’t met its maker yet.
Funniest thing is that the need for money never changes.
From the September 2009 PiE newsletter
Skelly says the district will work hard to be financially responsible and he hopes the community will continue to support our schools. But he admits there are tough challenges ahead. “I don’t think any one part of this solves our problem. We have to be a little smarter and a little more careful with our resources. It’s a combination of parcel tax, parent support, budget cuts, and using reserves that can put us in a position where we’re as strong as we possibly can be to meet the needs of kids.” And the role of PiE will increase in importance in the face of the budget challenges over the next few years. “My sense is that we’re really fortunate to have PiE at this point,” Skelly adds. “In a strong economic headwind, people are still stepping up. And I think those people who have the resources now have a special responsibility to help support the schools.”
From the November 2006 newsletter:
Klausner said it would be great if the district had more money for personnel resources. “Letting the math specialists have more time to get into the classrooms, to be there with the teachers when they’re teaching and then documenting and sharing the best teaching strategies across the district — I think everyone would benefit tremendously from that, but like many things, it (this math specialist program) is way under-funded.”
Can someone explain how math specialists work with teachers? How does this all work?
And why aren’t these schools asking for more? If a private school like Harker can ask for $35,000 a year, why can’t these public schools ask parents to caught up at least $3,500?
The other day someone told me this stunning fact: “The grades of students were better before education became public and mandatory by the government.”
Let’s face it, isn’t it time we ended public school and privatized it so that only those who can afford get educated? That’ll definitely help our statistics!
Just a thought.