Should Schools Have to Do More with Less?

The question of the week is…should schools have to do more with less?

While PPS is celebrating successes of current Superintendent Carole Smith and the broadening mission and support system (Cradle to Career) of the former Portland Schools Foundation (now, All Hands Raised), articles on schools trying to do more with less flood the media.  Check out the following articles, and think about responding to the following question: “Should schools have to do more with less”?  And if not, what should we do about it?

  • Glencoe High School students fundraise to keep their journalism advisor’s stipend and their school paper.
  • Aloha students fundraise for art supplies.
  • Forest Grove schools face a budget reduction of $400,000+.
  • Hillsboro discusses a possible future levy to raise funds for schools and an alternative high school schedule that will allow them to serve more students with less money.
So, should schools have to do more with less?  And what happens to students in high-need areas when the only way to get additional funding is to fundraise within the schools themselves?
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