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  •  I have often wondered what would happen if (2+ / 0-)
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    nervousnellie, bkamr

    teachers and parents who buy supplies just didn't buy them?

    I think we are stuck in a vicious circle and those that suffer most are the school districts that don't have families and teachers who can afford to help. And the districts that do have families and teachers that can afford to help make life better for their own kids but they reinforce the concept that the best way to manage schools is on the backs of those who need them the most.

    I wondered if you are aware of the Innoculation Project here on DailyKos? It falls into a similar category - private citizens end up funding public education :) but it does make it possible for classrooms to fund science projects without turning only to parents and teachers for the funds. And although the group on DKos focuses on Red States, the group they work with is nationwide.

    •  I have a sign in my classroom (2+ / 0-)
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      angelajean, bkamr

      It says "Your tax cuts at work".  Below it is an empty school supply box.
      I refer to it when students ask why we don't do particular labs, and instruct them to tell their parents about it.

      I have already told our administration that I will not be teaching AP anything without proper funding.  They want me to teach COLLEGE LEVEL course and lab work without funding it.  It's not fair to the students to 'teach' them college level information without the proper supplies.

    •  I wasn't aware of the project, but I am now. :) (1+ / 0-)
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      I just got an email, today, about offering a matching grant right now ... so as soon as I get off Kos and finish grading papers and enter grades, I'm going to give this all a try for ... wait for it ...

      To plead for an incubator to do microbiology!  I think that is very appropriate for an "Innoculation Project," don't you?

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 01:59:54 PM PST

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