Albany Schools Try to Balance Parent-Funded Extras

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, November 27, 2010

The city of Albany is up in arms over new district-imposed controls on PTA cash at each of the city’s three elementary schools, with the school board dictating what parents can–or more specifically can’t–buy for their kids to supplement their public education.

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Earlier this year, Albany district officials decided it wasn’t fair for two of the schools, Marin and Cornell, to have parent-funded academic extras like chess, art and music class while Ocean View, their less affluent sister school, went without. So the district suspended those extra classes.

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