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Parents ramp up fundraising, widening rich-poor divide
For the winter 2014 print edition cover story, the San Francisco Public Press examined tax records from PTAs and compiled 10 years of budget and academic data from the city’s school district. The research focused only on elementary schools to make easy comparisons. Our research shows that while a small number of schools were able to avoid the worst effects of recent budget cuts, belts continued to tighten at schools with more economically disadvantaged students. Read the series: sfpublicpress.org/publicschools
How Budget Cuts and PTA Fundraising Undermined Equity in San Francisco Public Schools • How should S.F. spend new state aid? • Infographics: S.F. PTA dollars • Albany schools share fundraising • 10 solutions to school inequality • Photo Essay
Buy a copy of the newspaper | See also: Five Ways to Encourage Giving to Disadvantaged Public Schools (Greater Good Science Center) | Radio: Jeremy Adam Smith interviewed on KPFA’s “Morning Mix” | KQED News | KQED’s hour-long talk show “Forum” with Dave Iverson | KALW’s “Your Call” with Rose Aguilar
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Special report: Parent fundraising for elementary education in San Francisco's public schools has skyrocketed 800 percent in the past 10 years. This largesse saved some classroom programs, but also widened the gap between rich and poor.
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