View Full Version : All NYC Rich PTAs lavish funds on kids as poor PTAs struggle

05-23-2011, 09:20 AM
From NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/22/2011-05-22_rich_nyc_ptas_are_able_to_provide_funds_for_art s_programs_teaching_assistants_po.html) by Meredith Kolodner:
They are the haves and have-nots of city public schools.

A review of PTA records in the city's richest and poorest districts reveals a vast disparity in how much parent groups have in their coffers to spend on extra perks for their students.

On the high end, Public School 290 on the upper East Side raised more than $1 million during the 2009-2010 school year, financial filings show.

Parents used their connections to auction off weekends at country homes, Broadway tickets and meals at fancy restaurants, raking in serious cash.

The school was able to spend more than $350,000 on school aides, music and after-school instructors - sought-after amenities during difficult city budget cuts.

Compare that with PS 86 in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, where the PTA didn't raise a dime last year.

"It's not that other parents care more," said Mary Corsey, who is raising her grandchildren, Alberto and Desiree, who are in the sixth grade. "Someone who hasn't had peanut butter for dinner or a Con Ed bill that has a red line on it, they might just look at the surface."

Indeed, some schools naturally have a leg up when it comes to fund-raising. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts - with its numerous celebrity alums and parents - raked in $522,349 last year, largely from its annual auction.

This year, the school auctioned off white Chanel boots once worn by Madonna, whose daughter Lourdes attends the school, while alum Jonathan Letham, author of "Motherless Brooklyn," sold a chance to become a character in his next novel.

Parents say more than star power is needed, though, to successfully raise money.

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