Sunday, January 15, 2012


I recently received an email from my kids school   They are running low on supplies
We are in need of some supplies in our classroom.  If you would like to donate a gift card to Office Max, Staples or Target, we will use it to purchase the items we need.  As always, we will accept reams of letter sized paper and tissues throughout the year if you'd rather give that.  Thanks so much to all of you who've been so generous thus far.  Your donations go so far in helping our students achieve!
I happened to have a credit at Staples so I ordered 2 cases of copy paper and had it delivered directly to the school. That was easy. ( I am now physically ill because I just typed that last sentence.)

In another email I was asked to donate any type of art supplies I could. The email went on to say that it really did not matter what condition the supplies were in, they would make the best use of what ever they could be given....  Something was better than nothing.  On the list of things the school needed was construction paper.

I just find in ironic that Success Academy has enough funds to hire a Public Relations company and use one-sided construction paper to promote their non profit charter school.

Maybe, my kid's public school can send kids out to collect all the litter that Success Academy created and use the backs in their art classes.


  1. As I'm sure you know, Success gets less state funding per head than regular public schools-- but make up the difference elsewhere through private means. You could argue that your kid's school is in direct competition for funding, you might have a point. The deal with Success though is that they are half about education and half about political advocacy and they are really pushing more people to apply to lotteries and get upset about the fact they can't get their kids into a Success school so that they can get support for large scope school reform legislation and overhauls. The more they get people interested, the closer they are to achieving their goal. It's not like they are trying to make money or selling something, or like colleges trying to lower their admission rate by getting more applicants.

  2. I hate it that corporations can "fund" a school instead of paying their taxes.


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