Friday, December 05, 2008

HOPE, Bake Sales or Selling Ads

Because of a recent budget shortfall, a California teacher gets creative with meeting his copying costs by placing ads on his tests. I guess if you have the open space on paper....We've sold the name of ballparks, the sleeves and backs of uniforms, walls, etc. so why not parts of open paper on a test?

While a creative way to go about meeting needs, I'm not sure there is enough space to solve the funding crisis in our state legislature or to stop the HOPE Coalition and State Question 744.

California High School Teacher Places Ads On Student Exams, Sells Out Semester Final.
USA Today (12/2, Toppo, Kornblum) reports on Tom Farber, a teacher at San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School who sells "ads on his test papers: $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final." Farber began selling the ads after the school district announced that it would cut "spending on supplies by nearly a third. ... At three cents a page, his tests would cost more than $500 a year. His copying budget: $316." Both San Diego Magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune "featured his plan just before Thanksgiving, and Farber came home from a few days out of town to 75 e-mail requests for ads. So far, he has collected $350. His semester final is sold out." USA Today notes that "about two-thirds of Farber's ads are inspirational messages underwritten by parents. Others are ads for local businesses, such from a dentist who urges students, 'Brace Yourself for a Great Semester!'"

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