Donations instead of charges
The Parcell Tax initiative has failed here in Pleasanton which means a lot of staff and program cuts from the Schools, which is something this area is proud of.
To partially offset the problem there is a fund drive. For example you can donate to PSEE to save music classes.
Now I can understand why parcell tax measure failed – there are a lot of old people in Pleasanton having kids out of School. I however do not understand why not to make these extra activities, which have no money for them in budget to come at added cost? There are some paid additional classes at the school already such as computer typing classes and I do not understand why this makes the difference.
I did donation more than to cover my fair share but I think this is a bad way to collect money for such an activities. If you look at my (or other individual) choices – I can skip donating and potentially enjoy free ride because somebody else paid my share or well it may be it would not be enough to support the program. If I do donate I have to donate more than my fair share to keep program in place because there will be people who will not donate. This is screwed as it provides and extra excurses and motivation for people who can pay their share but choose not to do that.
Of course there are children which parents can’t afford to pay, though I think they are a small minority in this pretty expensive town. I would much rather see they applying for scolarship or something like it to enroll into the classes and I even do not mind donating some money for it. Such approach would ensure you’re not the most rewarded for the absolutely passive approach of sitting there and doing nothing as donation based funding rewards.