Education isn’t about students anymore, it’s about money:
Relentless fund-raising, be it for the annual fund, the spring benefit or the latest capital campaign, is as much a feature of private schools as small classes and diverse offerings. But with schools hitting the upper limits of what they can charge for tuition, consultants, parents and school heads say the race for donations has become notably more intense and aggressive.
I wonder what would happen if schools would try to raise funds to increase teacher salaries or to increase health benefits for the teachers. I’m sure that the power that be would insist that would never work and promise that the fundraisers would benefit the school community, which would bring more students, which would then increase teacher pay.
Parents of private schools would be embarrassed to know how much their students’ teachers are sacrificing to be in the classroom with their students. I wonder if there is one parent out there who would speak up to help raise teachers’ pay. I wonder if there is one district administrator who would speak up to help raise teachers’ pay. I wonder if there is one politician who would speak up to help raise teachers’ pay, but I won’t have to wonder long because if there isn’t one person to speak up, there will be many classrooms without teachers.