Thursday, December 04, 2008

"Cash Strapped Teacher Sells Ads on Tests" (Latest US economic Strategies)

"Farber started letting parents and local businesses sponsor tests this fall after learning budget cuts would limit his in-school printing allowance -- tracked by the school's copy machines -- to $316 for the year. The cost of printing quizzes and tests for his 167 students will easily be more than $500, he said.

That meant Farber, whose courses prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam, would have to give fewer or shorter tests, or find money. Farber, who says 90 percent of his students got a 5 -- the top score -- on AP exams last year, said skimping wasn't an option.

"It has to be a certain quality, or they won't be ready," he said.

So Farber, who says he'd never asked for money from parents in his 18 years of high school teaching, pitched the ad idea to parents at a September back-to-school night. For checks made to the math department -- $10 a quiz, $20 a test or $30 for a final exam -- they could insert an inspirational quote -- their own or someone else's -- or a business advertisement at the bottom of the first page."
from CNN

So I am still not sure why a tinsy little bit of the bail-out packages can't be allocated to maintaining high standards of education ( and maybe health and other community services too)...? Surely this is a necessary investment for the economy too.

I really would like to know?! Anyone know?


Blogger Berni at Yo-yonomore said...

Well, let's see, nup, I don't know. Maybe we're missing something, They would always do what's best for the people wouldn't They?

5:31 pm  

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