This excellent op-ed appeared in today's Times by a parent from Adams Elementary, Allison Krupnick. Her premise?
"The school-funding reality is that your child will have access to as many services as parents are willing and able to provide."
She starts off talking about how class size is the same (or bigger) since I-728 and then moves on to the issue of PTAs having to back up their school with fundraising or face the problems of larger class sizes. She's pretty frank about her understanding that this isn't even possible for every school. She also makes a point about upcoming tours:
Though school choice is supposed to be about choosing the best academic fit for your child, I've noticed a disturbing trend — parents are evaluating schools based on how much money is raised by the PTA. One parent even suggested we might be forced to "target" a certain "type" of parent (read financially well-off) to ensure that our funding base continues to grow."
Here's hoping the Legislature reads this important plea.