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Re: funding and computers

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Sun, 03 Oct 1999 20:19:27 -0400

EVasso wrote:
> I teach in an elementary art classroom in suburban Chicago. I have five
> computers in my room plus a lap top for my own use, two color printers and a
> connected 35" monitor, all of which are connected to the internet. Many of
> the classrooms in my school have scanners in addition to their computers. I
> did not purchase these through grants (although I admire the work and effort
> that wizzle went through to get the equipment she has in her room). While I
> once hesitated to describe my art room to other teachers, feeling a kind of
> embarrassment for my riches, I now feel all should know. It is a wonderful
> space for children to make art, a place all children in public schools ought
> to have. Why don't all children have a space like the children in my school
> do? I believe the answer can be found in the system of public school funding
> that exists in this country, based mostly on local property tax funding. It
> clearly punishes poor children. It creates great gaps in opportunity between
> rich and poor in public schools. Instead of public education existing as the
> foundation for democracy and equity, it is reduced to one more example of
> inequity based on economic position. Shameful.
> -Fred
> Chicago
> So what can we do about it?

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