Investigations spur districts to spell out policies on donations
Demisana,How is your daughter doing on the sports team at her
charter school? I laughed out loud when I read that.If you want to
see a place where you have to be "connected, donate or raise piles of money,
or put in enough volunteer hours", go down to your local charter. That post was hilarious.
For those who think this is hurting the schools, you need to think this through
again. This is influence buying. While in some cases it may benefit the schools
without string, the fact is it will eventually be use to purchased favors or for
special treatment. You scream bloody murder when politicians do it. This is no
different. If I gave a few hundred thousand dollars to the head of DOT and then
got the multi-million dollar highway contract I would think you would be
concerned. This is know different. You are letting those with money by influence
over your school children. Not only should the complaints levied here be
investigated, it should go further. I know schools that bid out the yearbook
pictures to photographers based on what the photographer will kick back to the
school. A photographer can get the winning bid without being the lowest bidder
by kicking back several dollars of his photo package as a "donation" to
the school. If that happened on other state agency bids people would go to jail.
Education is important to Utah, but example is it to students if it is not
I persuaded my daughter to attend her brother's small charter school,
partly because our local huge high school has a reputation for this kind of
stuff. I was told by several neighbors - if you aren't connected, donate
or raise piles of money, or put in enough volunteer hours - don't expect
your kid to have an equal shot at getting into the school play or on a sports
team etc. Talent, effort and dedication by the student won't be enough to
get him/her in.
Contention will never cease because of the envy and blaming that goes on all the
way around. Each individual feels the right to defend their position. That is a
right. When it becomes fighting, infighting, and the protection of ones jobs or
liability issues, at the expense of the correct resolve, that is when the ones
who need the right decision made, loose. Over and over again, civil discourse
gives way to cognitive dissonance and everyone seems to need to justify THEIR
decisions than to discover the right decision. One day, hopefully. persons will
do what is best for everyone instead of themselves.
Amen Faifeau. Couldn't have said it better.
The old adage of "Closing the barn door after the horse is out" can
certainly apply here when policies are created after a major problem is
discovered. I'm going to "beat a dead horse," but it seems to me
that Coach Louis Wong was disciplined because he followed his heart, his head,
and his experience from his leaders at the school, district and state level. His
eye was blackened and his desire to serve with all his heart, attitude and
determination to make boys into men, not only on the athletic field but in life
through his hard work and determination to provide for them facilities that
others were jealous of. Will the day ever come when the state, the school
district and the community apologize to Coach Wong for their action against him
and offer him their thanks for ALL that he did to make a school and a program
one of the best in the state? This apology needs to be given as much space in
the press as the criticism has been given and not just in the comments board.
Thank you, Coach Wong, for a job well done but too little appreciated!
So basically what the districts are doing is going to make almost EVERY donor
stop giving to the schools. Just what we don't need to happen. I can
already hear the principal at our first faculty meeting of the year,
"I'm sorry we had to increase your class sizes from 35 kids to 40 kids
but we have to adjust our budgets due to the fact that our donors were turned
away by our new rules." No, I'm not joking.They won't raise taxes, just increase our class sizes and cut what little
benefits we have left.
Money always comes with strings attached. This is why education needs to be
fully funded and people at the top need to pay their fair share of taxes. It is
embarrassing to see how these schools have been kowtowing to monied citizens.
By allowing donors to act as assistant coaches, it becomes a
"pay-to-play" prerequisite. What district will hire a coach they must
pay if there is a sugar Daddy willing to give them money for the privilege of
serving in the position? And if that Dad also happens to have a child in the
program, that just makes things cozy. The problem with the imbalance of wealth
in this country is that people with money want to have it all their way. It is
a cancer on our society from the Citizens United fallout on down to the school
level. Think tanks and other non profits work to influence power and make our
country over in the image of what they want to see. That's real class
warfare. The pride cycle is alive and well in America.
Biting the hand that feeds you. Didn't these administrators learn anything
in high school?
Apparently the laws on public education has removed many of the restrictions and
laws on our public schools and how they are funded. If the law is still in place
it is illegal for public schools k1-k12 seek or be funded by philanthropist and
business and coke/candy/water vending machines.Colleges and higher
education were not consider public education therefore they can enjoy the funds
from philanthropist, business, and coke/candy/water vending machines.However, our legislators and federal government has expanded public education
with bribery to include higher education as part of the public education system
so it can be funded by the taxes of citizens registered with the IRS, SSA, and
Utah State tax commission and paying taxes.But under state
constitutions and law, if that is the case then Higher education can no longer
receive influential bribes from philanthropist, business, or vending machines.
These funds from unknown sources are too influential with education curriculum
and our schools and our teachers.What this decision does tell me is
that these laws are still in place and public schools are taking bribery and
cash cow funds that are breaking the law ans subjecting education to wrongful