The recession has led to more reliance on these and other groups to save school staff jobs.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – More and more organizations such as parent-teacher associations (PTAs) are increasingly being utilized to help save essential services and staff jobs in public schools. As reported by TIME, the recession has triggered more reliance on parents, school foundations, and community groups to supplement costs of operating schools.
California state PTA president Jo Loss is quoted by TIME as stating of the matter, “The state is supposed to provide the black-and-white essentials of a good education, and the PTA fills in the color… But our state has increasingly fallen far short of providing even the essentials. So PTAs are having to step in.”
Some, however, strongly oppose the idea of PTA fundraisers and related means of raising money by private entities being used for school funding. National PTA President Charles J. Saylors is quoted in the report as stating, “Parents should not have to raise money to underwrite staff salaries… That’s the responsibility of the local government. They should not be balancing their budgets on the backs of parents.”
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