Drive by any LAUSD school today, and there are banners on the fences. The banners announce supporters, fund raising events, and opportunities to contribute. Fund raising at schools has become a big business with donations, business sponsors, auctions, dances, silent auctions, sales of a myriad of items to support the school, and much more.
Drive by a private school and there are usually banners announcing fund raising too.
Are the LAUSD schools that poor? Has the state funding cuts limited their ability to educate? Has the LAUSD bureaucracy siphoned off so much for their self sustaining system that it has direly affected the schools? Yes to all three.
But, there is more. Schools want everything for their students from gardening to drama, from computers to music, from class size reductions to test preparations materials and copiers. Schools located in middle class and above areas are generally able to have a strong proficiency in their fund raising efforts and to meet their high expectations.
What about schools in working class neighborhoods? They do what they can, remembering that in certain areas family economic survival is paramount.
“It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”