...donations support critical operating needs, including salaries for additional teachers and teaching assistants and teacher professional development.... It is important that (said school) have high family participation because foundations often want to know if we have the support of our own families before they will give money to the school. (boldface mine)Oh, the horror. The continued obstacle course that must be run or else our children's education will suffer even more than it already has. Our state is cutting funding for schools so violently and deeply that if you don't show us the money, neither will these foundations we have to beg from.
Shouldn't educators and their administrations be doing something like, I don't know, actually teaching the kids? I'm sure having to scrounge around for funding isn't sitting well with them, either. I almost expect there to be bouncer/enforcers walking around at school fundraising opportunities next.
Make no mistake: I personally don't mind contributing some money to the kitty, but I think of the parents who just can't and I wonder how well this argument is going over with them.