SchoolInsufficient Funding Solutions
Inthe past two decades, there has been a gradual decrease in taxrevenue in the United States (Biddle et al. 48). The ripple effect ofthis decrease in revenue collection is that the optimal operations ofmany sectors have been negatively affected and the education sectorhas not escaped this trend. In reference to my school district, I canaffirm that the effects of decrease in funding have been exhibited.In our district’s curriculum, we have sports competitions betweenmy school and other schools in the district. However, to deal withthe unanticipated decrease in funding, the sports competitions havebeen abolished. According to me, the sporting events are not theproblem money is the problem. Thus, seeking alternative fundingopportunities is the only operative solution to this monetaryconcern. In this essay, I will suggest the possible money raisingavenues that the learning institutions in my district can employ tosolve this issue.
First,I propose a raise of funds through sponsored events (Marshall et al.204). Schools can raise funds through sponsored activities that aremore likely to spark interests in the local community. A good exampleof activity is the sports competitions that have been abolished inour school district. These activities will attract funding from localstakeholders, parents and the community solving the issue ofinsufficient funds. Additionally, learning institutions can organizeenvironmental days where parents, students, and interested members ofthe district can drop their old electronics to be delivered torecycling companies that will pay for them (Leachman et al. 4213).These funds will contribute to bridging the financial gap.
Second,schools in our district can raise funds by actively engaging theentire parent community (Dayton 2531). This group can help schoolsraise funds through attending school fairs, fundraising events, andgiving voluntary contributions. Schools can take advantage of thetightly knit relationship with the parent teacher association (PTA)to make this way of raising funds a success. Learning institutionscan employ “word-of-mouth” as a marketing tool, to create a“fan-pool” that will be coming to the aid of schools wheneverthere is a monetary shortfall (Biddle et al. 53). Another way schoolscan actively engage parents in raising funds is by selling items likestudent generated paintings and sculptures to them in annual schoolground sales bridging the gap of financial deficits (Epstein 701).
Third,I suggest a capitalization of the spaces available in schools togenerate income (Marshall, 222). Most of the schools in our districtboast of spacious playing fields, dining rooms, internet café’s,and many more other facilities that may be let out to the public fora fee. For instance, the vast playing fields in schools can be usedas parking for the members of the community (Epstein 701). Otherresources like IT equipment (cyber café’s), and gyms can also bemade available to the public, thereby providing opportunities forschools to independently raise funds. It is evident, therefore, thatthere are many solutions to the problem of inadequate funding inschools. Learning institutions have many ways of dealing with theproblem of the government’s well running dry and abolishing somecurricular activities is certainly not one of them. I am herebyenlisting my request to you, the highly esteemed board members of myschool to employ the avenues I have suggested to enable my school,as well as other schools in our district, raise funds for thesustenance of sporting competitions in our district.
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