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bernstj on 2012-02-05The main source of funding for public education is property taxes, which explains to a large extent the inequities between and within states. State governments also spend differing amounts on their school systems, and the federal government offers differing amounts of money depending on a range of criteria. This isn’t, incidentally, the way other nations with successful public education systems fund their schools.
It is very nice that there are people like DeGeneres and Bieber who are willing to write out big checks to needy public schools. Good for them.
Yet there is something sad and scary when a check from an entertainer or private company is seen, in history’s wealthiest country, as a godsend to a school principal who herself has spent her own money trying to help her students, or to a school where teachers agreed to work for free for free because of budget cuts, bad management, and other factors.