Friday, July 13, 2018

Target Offering Teachers Special Deal

From Target - great for teachers, not sure what it solves for parents.

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Michael Rice said...

While this is a nice gesture from Target, wouldn't be nice if these were things that I did not have to spend my own money for to stock and supply my classroom? Ingraham has a great parent group and I'm sure if I asked, they would fund my request, but these items strikes me as part of "basic" education and should be paid for at either the district or state level.

Jet City mom said...

I agree.
Things to clean the classroom, Kleenex etc, should be part of the building budget/ furnished by district so student coverage is equitable.

Does the school expect custodians to furnish their own cleaning supplies?

Anonymous said...

Melissa, what do you mean "not sure what it solves for parents"? This is about helping the many teachers who have to fund basic supplies all year.

As Michael Rice made clear, teachers buy cleaning supplies and basic material for the classroom. I guess if you work at a school that has a PTA that raises a lot of money, this can be migitated. But in the scheme of things in the USA, that would be a small percentage of schools.

Also, I am hopeful Michael Rice didn't mean this the way it seemed to be implied:

"Ingraham has a great parent group and I'm sure if I asked, they would fund my request"

I want to make this clear: Every school I have worked in has had a great parent/family group. They don't all have the opportunity to volunteer at school (they may be working three jobs), have the money to participate in school auctions, or be able to give money and supplies to the classroom on demand, but almost every parent/family cares deeply about their child's education and contributes as much as they are capable.

I think it is very important to be careful about linking "great parent group" with their ability to give money, even when such a link may not have been intended.


Same Story said...

Between 2013-2015 and 2015-2017, the state increased MSOC dollars from $347M to $742M.

Anonymous said...

When you are dealing at the low end of the continuum, any help is welcomed.

Is it meeting the needs of teachers and students? Think again!


kellie said...

@ Same Story,

The baseline you are using for measurement is interesting but not necessarily helpful.

During the recession, there were substantial cuts to education. We are nearly 10 years post 09 and in many ways the McCleary money is just restoring budgets to their pre-recession levels. It would be really helpful to look at overall funding adjusted this way.

IIRC, 2012 was the first year money was not being cut, so you are measuring the steep part of the add-back.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Thank you, Kellie, for the context which others either don't want to acknowledge or don't know about.

Anonymous said...

I will use this to help families - at my grade we buy all the supplies that kids are often asked to bring - folders, comp books, binders, colored pencils and pens, etc. - in bulk, and parents reimburse us $10-15 for these. Kids buy and bring nothing (we don't allow it). Scholarships are available. It's much cheaper than what families would typically spend on school supplies. I'll pass this savings right on to them.


Melissa Westbrook said...

Good idea, Seattle-lifer.