Yeah, California. Yeah, Education.

We suggest a donation, you know, if it isn't too much trouble.
We suggest a donation, you know, if it isn't too much trouble.

The RonTopofIt family received a letter the other day from our son’s principal informing us that our child “has been identified as a GATE student by our district.” Well, that’s cool, way to go, right? The letter continues, discussing the program and the teacher. etc. Remember, however, this is California and we’re talking about educating our youth…

As you may be aware, there is no funding for this type of program by either the state or district. However, we are asking parents for a donation to help with the costs. We estimate the donation amount to be $35.00 for the school year.

Sigh. It’s not about the $35 as I am happy to pay it, it is just one of those “really?” things that gets you about our educational system.

The letter closes with a reminder that “the cost of an enrichment GATE program is not funded by state or district money. A parent donation of $35.00 per year is suggested.” Not mandatory, of course, just suggested. Cause, you know, we wouldn’t want to offend anyone.

Author: RonTopofIt

RonTopofIt is a complex personality, as are most of the small breed of modern day renaissance millionaires. He wishes more people were like him and yet believes that it takes all kinds. You've met RonTopofIt many times, you just don't remember him.

6 thoughts on “Yeah, California. Yeah, Education.”

  1. You got off easy!
    We’ve been asked for $100+ per kid, plus $100+ in supplies, and driving for all field trips (when gas prices were at their peak). It was paying for bridge tolls, museum admission and parking that put me over the edge two years ago.


  2. The $35 “donation” request seems to imply that teaching gifted children is more costly than the rest of the student body, which is simply not the case.

    But I doubt the parents who raised undisciplined video-game addicts who constantly miss school are getting bills in the mail to cover the extra costs of educating their children.


  3. i agree with saconomics…plus, if it is only $35 to enrich a single child’s school year, why aren’t all public schools enriched? and why isn’t bill gates just throwing down?


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