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Albany schools try to balance parent-funded extras

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    Albany schools try to balance parent-funded extras Call it the battle of the bake sales. The city of Albany is up in arms over new district-imposed controls on
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      Albany schools try to balance parent-funded extras



      Call it the battle of the bake sales.

      The city of Albany is up in arms over new district-imposed controls on PTA
      cash at each of the city's three elementary schools, with the school board
      dictating what parents can - or more specifically can't - buy for their kids
      to supplement their public education.

      Things like school-day art, music and chess.

      It's an attempt to take on a long-running problem: public schools that are
      supposed to be equal, but aren't.

      Earlier this year, Albany district officials decided it wasn't fair for two
      of the schools, Marin and Cornell, to have parent-funded academic extras
      like chess, art and music class while Ocean View, their less affluent sister
      school, went without. So the district suspended those extra classes.

      District officials then began public hearings and formed a task force to
      figure out how to balance what parents want for their own children with the
      desire to level the educational playing field.

      One option would require PTAs to pool donations from all three schools into
      one district pot, which would be doled out equally.

      "We just wanted to make sure something offered during the school day at one
      school is offered at all schools," said district Superintendent Marla
      Stephensen.


      Read more:
      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/26/MNF01GGH0O.DTL#ixzz16hKKNP5K



      Here is the link to the entire article:
      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/27/MNF01GGH0O.DTL


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