Should we be ramping up privately funding SF Public Schools?

I will admit, I am kind of on the fence on this one. I think if people want to donate to public schools, who am I to say NO, but it also leaves open the door to entitlement and segregation. Something that already exists with open enrollment.

Newly elected Sioux Falls School Board member Cynthia Mickelson suggested changing the way the Education Foundation is set up so that individuals can give specific donations to specific programs for specific schools and classes (Inside KELOLAND, FF: 5:20).

While this could be very beneficial to SOME schools, not sure how this helps with the lower income schools. I just don’t see parents donating to the Whittier art program while they are applying for free or reduced lunches. Like I said, all for the donations, but those donations should be spread EQUALLY to all the schools.


#1 Donald Pay on 06.12.17 at 9:43 pm

One of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. If the wealthy want to pay more for schools, great. Enact an income tax that would funnel funds through a state aid formula that treat students fairly.

#2 l3wis on 06.12.17 at 10:26 pm

DP, My taught exactly!

#3 Emoluments Clause on 06.12.17 at 11:12 pm

But Donald, the wealthy often have a “My Lord” attitude to answer your question. They do not like government, because they want absolute control. And the “Voting Centers” are demonstrative of this attitude.

Have you ever noticed that often leading conservatives and or members of the business community here and throughout the nation always hate on federal programs like SNAP (food stamps), but they never lay that same criticism on food banks or set ups like the Banquet. And why not? Are not both an example of a handout? In fact, they often contribute to food banks and places like the Banquet with great fanfare, because they like the publicity (You know, they are businesses) and self control. And it is this feudalistic mentality among some in the wealth class that has no place in a democratic society and it must be stop every time it rears its ugly face…..

#4 Larry on 06.13.17 at 6:31 am

Sue the wealthy to fund everything underfunded. That will teach them not to work hard, innovate, create and build! Who the heck do they think they are anyway?

#5 l3wis on 06.13.17 at 9:12 am

Or like half the Gen-X wealth in SF, mostly inherited and re-invested. That’s not hard work, just common sense.

#6 Lora Hubbel on 06.22.17 at 8:01 pm

This affects BOTH the wealthy and the poor alike. The School board top 10 percent-ers are the only ones who can pay off their vacation home in Okabojie and buy a winter home in Arizona with this tax increase. All they have to do is cry the magic words, “it’s for the children” and they expect us to be shamed into believing that lie.