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?