Thread: How do you feel
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by BamaGrits84 View Post
I'm the ways & means chair for my son's PTA. His school is blessed to have a wonderful PTA and we raise about $45,000 a year for the school. For the past 3 years we have had to provide ALL the start up money for teachers because it has been cut off. Also parents buy pre-packaged school supplies from anywhere between $35-$90 depending on what the grade level is. This year we will have the supply packs again put will be asked to provide or donate for the purchase of TOILET PAPAER! No I'm not joking. This is what the state super actually said on the news regarding cuts and the budget cut effects! Now that's the norm in a lot of places now I know. But here's my biggest problem. Over the past 5 years Alabama has seen a major boom in tax revenues from Hyundai and it's suppliers. I work for the top tier supplier. About 3 years ago without notice we were annexed into the city limits. This added city taxes to us. That's over a million dollars in just sales tax. Plus sales for Hyundai's have shot up with means more jobs, more money going into the state economy yet school budgets keep getting cut. It makes me sick. Then we had this huge illegal bingo bit that just adds fuel to the fire.

Well first let me say THANK YOU for being on your school PTA! I am sure that the teachers in your district appreciate you!! The PTA in my district raised money to get the preschool students a playground with equipment to play on when the state didn’t come through with money for it. ( After they promised that they would.) About 50% of the children in my school live in a low income housing development with no yards to play in and no central playground.

Our PTA gives us books for our classrooms, supplies, and they help teachers with classroom expenses. Most teachers spend about 1000.00 out of pocket each year buying supplies for their students when there is no money in the budget to pay for them. And the PTA ladies help us out whenever possible by purchasing items that we can use. They also volunteer time in the classroom.

And unfortunately we are going to need them more than ever. Four more staff members were let go on Friday……….
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