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Money Maker: Unconventional School Fundraising

Educational budgets are making national headlines as local and state lawmakers have taken drastic steps to rein in spending. Every strategy, from changing collective bargaining laws to consolidating buildings, has been tried in an attempt to cut costs.

The majority of districts struggle with cuts, but a few have taken the controversial step of actually generating funds to bridge budget gaps. These schools have successfully raised money, but not without raising eyebrows and sparking heated debate.

In a five-part series titled Money Maker: Unconventional School Fundraising, EducationWorld examines the often controversial and sometimes legally questionable ways in which school districts have raised money. The first installment, A Madison Ave. Education, looks at some of the ways schools have used advertising to raise revenue.

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Money Maker Series

Intro - Money Maker: Unconventional School Fundraising: In this five-part series EducationWorld examines the often controversial and sometimes legally questionable ways in which school districts have raised money.

Part 1 - A Madsion Ave. Education: Schools Use Ads to Raise Money.

Part 2 - Gold Digging: School’s Cash-for-Gold Event Raises Eyebrows.

Part 3 - Taking a Gamble: Schools Rake in Casino Profits.

Part 4 - Cheating for Dollars: Schools fix grades to get more funding.

Part 5 - Bribery in the Classroom: Detroit gets kids to class any way they can.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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