"Bake Sale to Buy Teacher" is a link to one of the top stories on the West Seattle Blog today.
The last I heard, private fundraising for FTE positions was not permitted in Seattle Public Schools, for good reasons. Can you imagine what the student-teacher ratio would be at schools with high-income parents compared to schools without those family resources? If that has truly changed, our district is in serious trouble.
I completely understand how upset the parents at Gatewood Elementary must be, and I certainly agree with concerns about how Seattle Public Schools handles enrollment estimates and staffing, but raising money to "buy a teacher" is not the solution.
If this story is completely true and not just a misunderstanding of district bureaucrat-speak, there will be PTAs all over Seattle starting their own fundraising campaigns next week.
I imagine seeing emails like this: "Buy a teacher, decrease our student-teacher ratio, increase your student's chance of getting into a good college, all for a donation of only $X this year. Sign up now and you can be on a recurring donation plan so we can keep the teacher next year, too!"
Somebody in the district, please post here and tell us that the parents at Gatewood are confused and it's not possible for private money to buy FTE spots. Please.