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PUBLIC EDUCATION ON PARENTS’ DIME

If donors fill budget gaps, funding will shrink

June 20, 2010

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AS THE chairwoman of a local override committee, and member of our local education foundation, I am writing to vehemently disagree with the editorial supporting parental fund-raising for school operating expenses, such as teacher salaries (“Don’t fault parents who reach into own pockets for schools,’’ June 11).

The editorial does not mention that once this private funding fills school budget gaps, there will be no pressing incentive for further public funding, at the state, federal, or local level.

While the continued inadequacy of state and federal funding may not destroy schools in Arlington or Wellesley, schools in other, less affluent communities, where parents are less savvy with events such as galas and auctions, desperately need those public funds.

Local school budgets are often decimated by unfunded mandates, most notably, special education services for all those who need and deserve them.

The state and federal governments need to step up and fund those mandates. Education needs to be a priority for public funds at every level, on behalf of children in every town and city in the Commonwealth.

If parents want to pay for their children’s education, they can use private schools. It’s called tuition.

Pamela Brindamour,
Rockport

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