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As Public School Costs Rise, Reports Draw Diverse Reactions

Friday, July 06, 2012

In a series of reports, SchoolBook, The New York Times and WNYC explored the rising cost of public school for parents of New York City schoolchildren — from the increased reliance on parents for everyday supplies to the growing phenomenon of extreme fund-raising at some city schools. Here is a recap of the reports, as well as readers' reactions to what they read and heard.

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For City Parents, Frustration Over Rising Cost of Public School

Monday, June 25, 2012

Despite the long-held ideal that public education should be free, parents in New York City are finding themselves paying for an increasing number of things, like class trips and basic supplies.

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

Friday, June 22, 2012

In an interview in April to mark his first anniversary as chancellor, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said the Fund for Public Schools can be an equalizer when it comes to disparities in parent fund-raising. Meanwhile, he said, one thing he is not going to do is discourage parents from raising money for their children's schools.

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Fund-Raising Fairness Is Being Tested in Oregon, With Mixed Results

Thursday, June 21, 2012

With parent fund-raising machines kicking into high gear – in New York City, collections by some schools' groups are in the million-dollar range – school districts are starting to develop policies to address the resulting issue of fairness. One model can be found in Portland, Ore., a progressive district that shares a portion of the money raised in wealthy schools with schools that serve poor families.

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A Garden? Chess? PTAs Face Choices About How to Spend Parent Money

Friday, June 15, 2012

As coffers swell -- or as schools in low-income communities try to figure out how to stretch their budgets -- PTA officers and other parents are prioritizing the use of parents' money, and it's not as easy as it might seem. “Sometimes, it’s hard to judge what’s the right thing to do,” said Sue Dietrich, the PTA treasurer for Staten Island Technical High School, one of the city’s nine selective high schools, which raises about $60,000 annually. “It’s hard to know what’s really necessary.”

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A Parent Warns: A Focus on Fund-Raising Lets the Government Off the Hook

Thursday, June 14, 2012

An active parent and prolific PTA fund-raiser writes: To those of us, like me, who have led the charge and devoted endless hours to school fund-raising through annual appeals, auctions, galas and other events to build the moneymaking machines some PTAs have become, I now caution: our efforts may be detrimental to systemic improvement in our public schools across the city.

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At Two City Schools, Parents' Money Leads to Two Very Different Experiences

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Parents at P.S. 89 in Manhattan pay for laptops, a dance program, a chess club, upgrades to the gym and the library, music and art programs, and a playground assistant. They give teachers $400 each to purchase school supplies, and $200 more later in the year if needed. At P.S. 305 in Brooklyn, parents are hoping to use the $5,000 they have raised this year to send fifth graders on “a nice, end-of-year trip,” rent out a prom hall and purchase sashes for their graduation ceremony. Teachers not only don't get money for school supplies, they often chip in to help families and children. Another report on the impact of parent fund-raising and spending in the public schools.

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At the Horace Mann School, Tales of Power and Abuse

Friday, June 08, 2012

The New York Times Magazine article about the Horace Mann School has drawn hundreds of comments from readers moved by its description of sexual abuse that took place there during the '70s and '80s. It has also drawn a letter of response from the school.

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A Complex Budget Picture Feeds Reliance on Parent Donations

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The budgets for each public school that arrive each spring, dictating the degree of austerity for the following year, are almost never seen by parents. They are not pretty, most principals would agree, and they have grown increasingly complicated in the last few years. Yet parents, as well as their children, soon feel the consequences, as schools turn to the families for everything from donations of toilet paper and hand sanitizers to money, which can total thousands of dollars, to fill gaps in staffing.

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Public School Parents Resent, and Worry About, Pervasive Fund-Raising

Monday, June 04, 2012

When SchoolBook asked parents to tell us how much they spend on their child's public school education, many wrote in to say they felt “nickeled and dimed.” One mother said she resented being asked to bridge the gap between the city’s “spartan budget” and her own wishes for her children. Others railed against the inequities so much reliance on parent money is causing in a system where so many students live at or below the poverty level. The latest in a series on the rising cost of public school.

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Some PTAs Are Raising $1 Million or More

Monday, June 04, 2012

At a time of severe education budget cuts, some schools in New York City have thrived, thanks to the hard work of PTAs that are raising in the neighborhood of $1 million a year.

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Parents Dig Deeper to Relieve Tight Public School Budgets

Thursday, May 31, 2012

After five years of cuts to public school budgets, parents say they are being pressed for more supplies, support and dollars than ever, and many are spending hundreds of dollars, and in some cases, thousands, a year on school-related items. This is the first in a series of posts planned by SchoolBook on the rising cost of public school, originating with our readers' responses.

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Private School Parents Targeted for Giving

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parents of public school students in the city are responding to a SchoolBook survey by reporting expenses of up to thousands of dollars to support their child's school or school-related activities. But that apparently is nothing compared to what is being asked of parents of private school students.

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Shrinking School Budgets Have Parents Filling the Gaps

Friday, March 23, 2012

Parents who are responding to a SchoolBook survey are ticking off their expenses: Overnight trips. After-school programs. School photos. And of course glue sticks and disinfecting wipes. To top it all off, many parents say, they are being asked for a "suggested" contribution to the school fund or to the PTA, or a donation to the school fund-raiser, which can run into thousands of dollars. What are you paying for? Respond to our survey.

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Conflicts Arise When Parents Are Asked to Close School Money Gap

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After years of budget cuts, families are reaching into their own wallets more and more to pay for basics, like school supplies, as well as pooling enough funds to hire school staff. Kyle Spencer, a New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig of WNYC spoke on "The Brian Lehrer Show" about SchoolBook’s effort to collect information from parents on their public education spending.

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Why Some Parents Resent the Success Charter Schools

Monday, March 19, 2012

In an opinion article in The Times this weekend, a parent of a kindergarten pupil at P.S. 261 Philip Livingston in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, said the planned addition of Success Academy charter schools into the gentrified areas of Cobble Hill and Williamsburg may siphon off middle-class students, destroying the delightful demographic mix at her daughter's school.

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Pay to the Order of Public School X ...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Just how expensive is a public school education? SchoolBook and WNYC are turning to readers this week to get a better understanding of the fiscal state of New York City's public schools and how much and how often parents dig into their pockets for supplies, fund-raising auctions and uniforms. As they say in fund-raising speak, your contributions will make a major difference.

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The Bake Sale Conundrum

Thursday, December 15, 2011

To bake or to buy? That is the question many mothers, and fathers, consider when they are asked to contribute something to their child's school fund-raising bake sale.

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Walcott Names New Chief Fund-Raiser for Schools

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott on Wednesday named Julia Bator as the new director of the nonprofit corporation that collects charitable donations for the city's public schools.

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Let's Talk About the Money

Thursday, September 15, 2011

With budgets growing ever tighter, parents are being asked to fill in the gaps with contributions to their child's school. Beth Fertig discussed the subject today on "The Brian Lehrer Show."

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