A Question of Balance IV

100619_142248_0.pngA Question of Balance IV -

In the last blog posting on A Question of Balance, I explored what it might mean to take the school out into the community.  In this posting, I explore what might happen by bringing the community into the school.

There are in fact many considerations of what an involved community might mean for a school.   I remember so well Mr. Pelletier's words that fifty percent of all tax dollars go to education, yet schools never get 50% of the news reporting. That's not the fault of the newspaper, it's just a fact of life that these tax monies are given by trusting community members to trusting school officials.  We simply trust that the system will work and do the job of educating children.

This is as it should be - it is what it is.

There are some "good laws" here in Maine. Perhaps one of the best laws is the bottle and recycling law.  We all pay the deposit on cans and bottles when we first purchase the goods, and we get that money back when we return the bottles and cans.  The process helps keep the bottles and cans off the highway and where they belong - in recycling bins.  The law creates an incentive for re-depositing bottles and cans.   

So, I wonder.  What would happen to schools if individuals could reduce their tax burden by volunteering for approved projects in and involving schools?  Cleaning, fixing, repairing, maintenance, and study halls, and hallway supervision are all paid for by the district.  If residents could do some of that work and reduce their taxes by a percentage, would there be enough incentive for volunteering?  In my dreams, I can envision a different kind of sustainable school support in which the community took pride in their work to support their children's education.

This direct support of schools might be worth investigating.

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