Title: How Rich Parents Can Exacerbate School Inequality
Source: McKenna, Laura (2016). How Rich Parents Can Exacerbate School Inequality. The Atlantic.
Key points: The author points out that wealthier areas can widen the gap between school funding in low and high areas. Some public schools raise so much many from the parent contributions and auctions of high priced items, that they get labeled as "public privates". One example from Chicago area schools is that high income neighborhood raised $400k in one night, while a lower income neighborhood raised $8k for the entire year through bake sales. I think the author makes a good point about not asking parents to contribute to their schools, but to think outside of their 5 mile radius to other schools that might need a little help as well.
Intended audience: Parents (wealthy parents).
Relevance: Our lower income schools definitely don't have the resources our schools in wealthier neighborhoods do. I definitely wouldn't ask wealthy parents to stop contributing to their child's school or nor would I ask them contribute to other schools. It would be a nice gesture if they decided to help additional schools, but definitely shouldn't be an expectation. It's a difficult problem to deal with and their are multiple views on how to help lower income schools. Hopefully one of them will work sometime.