Private Funding In Public Schools

Private Funding In Public Schools

Public schools across the country face severe budget cuts and pressure to do more with less. Many increasingly rely on corporations and foundations to bridge the gap. Diane and her guests discuss the benefits and drawbacks of private funding in public schools.

Public schools face huge challenges today. President Obama recently called for greater investments in education and innovation. At the same time, a growing number of states and cities teeter on the edge of bankruptcy. Cash-strapped school districts are relying more and more on private funding to close budget gaps. Corporations and foundations now offer schools free curriculum, teacher training -- even buying the rights to name cafeterias. Some critics fear these actions will lead to the commercialization of school – a place where many believe students should be free from advertising. Diane and her guests discuss the benefits and drawbacks of private funding in public schools.

Guests

Susan Linn

Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of "Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood."

Brett Pawlowski

president of DeHavilland Associates and publisher of the K-12 Partnership Report newsletter.

Fawn Johnson

education correspondent with National Journal

Michelle Pierre-Farid

Executive Director of New Leaders for New Schools in Washington, D.C.

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