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May 23, 2019
Garage sales and GoFundMe campaigns are nice, but districts want better fix for school lunch debt
In Colorado and the rest of the country, fundraisers to pay off school meal debt are common, but some district leaders say they're not a viable long-term solution.
January 6, 2016
Disparities grow as parent groups raise money to cover school funding gaps
Some parent-teacher groups raise big bucks while others make do with a few thousand dollars a year. Experts say Colorado's school funding crisis is fueling such disparities.
down with bake sales?
September 24, 2014
New rules may force schools to look at fundraising through a healthier lens
New federal rules put stricter limits on food fundraisers at schools. While there's still some room for cookie dough and frozen pizza sales, advocates are hoping the requirements will raise awareness and help facilitate a move toward healthy fundraising options.
July 10, 2014
A tale of two schools: How summer reveals a growing divide
An assistant principal explains how she's seen a "tale of two cities" play out across schools—and how parents could help.
July 24, 2012
Education donors laid low in recent mayoral fundraising push
Council Speaker and mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn with UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Michael Duffy remembers the moment he decided City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was his pick for mayor. It was in the summer of 2011, at an informal lunch with community leaders that Duffy attended. Duffy, who formerly oversaw the city's charter schools office, said Quinn gave her unqualified support for the controversial practice of giving charter schools free space in public schools. "She went right to the issue and said that charters couldn't grow in the way that they have been able to without co-location and that's why she thought it was a good policy," Duffy said last week. Duffy, now the managing director at Victory Education Partners, went on to contribute $1,250 to Quinn's campaign and has helped her raise thousands more from charter school leaders. Most of those contributions came in 2011, however. Donors from the education world largely sat out of mayoral fundraising activities over the past six months, according to campaign filings released last week. Duffy, who is planning to open a charter school in New York City in 2013, contributed $250 to Quinn this year. The small donation made him one of the only charter school leaders to give to any prospective mayoral campaign so far in 2012. "Folks are all over the map in terms of their views of the mayoral candidates," said Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, a political action committee that supports candidates who favor the expansion of charter schools.
March 13, 2012
For students who want to attend pricey programs, a site to help
Watley, a ninth-grader at a city high school, is hoping to attend a technology camp at New York University. Adrian wants to attend a youth leadership conference. And Sheridan thinks a physics program at the University of Pennsylvania would help her move towards her goal of studying aerospace engineering. But all of the opportunities cost money that the students don't have. That's why their schools directed them towards Wishbone, an organization developed by a former teacher to help students independently raise money for out-of-school and summer programs. Wishbone, which launched its website yesterday, follows in the tradition of DonorsChoose and GrayMatter, which allow donors to earmark funds to specific school and student needs. Like those groups, Wishbone depends on the graciousness of strangers to fulfill the wishes of those fundraising, but Wishbone's innovation is to focus on the non-academic side of the student experience. Already, 15 city students are raising funds. One student's campaign — Sheridan's — is marked urgent because she has just 16 days to raise nearly $2,000 to pay for the physics summer program. (A video featuring Sheridan is below.) Reed Matheny, Wishbone’s outreach coordinator, said the organization sees itself as supplementing more established groups. “We’re putting that same philanthropic energy that’s out there in the country towards supporting individual students in out-of-school opportunities,” Matheny said.
April 7, 2009
Via Brownstoner, a checklist for making your local school better
In an extensive comments thread today on Brownstoner.com, a Web site that focuses on real estate in brownstone Brooklyn, readers are debating whether it…
October 30, 2008
From the parenting blogs, fund-raising tips for PTA's
Some of these tips could work in New York City: involve grandparents, hold an online auction, try this Yahoo-powered search engine that…
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