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Public schools, private donations

from Los Angeles Times (commentary)

If a well-heeled neighborhood wanted better police protection, would it be OK for residents to donate money to their local police station to fund more patrols on their streets? Most people would rightly say no. Law enforcement is a public service. Residents might hire a private security guard for their neighborhood, but they cannot reshape public allocations of resources to benefit themselves through private donations. So is it all right, then, for parents to lavish donations on one school, providing it with art and music classes, instructional aides and extra library hours, while a neighboring school in the same district might have none of those? more


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