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August 26th, 2011
15 ways more funding could change education
Readers weigh in with their top wishes ... and the responses are surprisingly practical
If money were no object, what would your “dream school” look like—and what it would offer today’s students and teachers?
In the spirit of creativity, we recently asked in our Question of the Week: “If your school/district/state had unlimited education funds, what’s the one change you’d make and why?”
Perhaps surprisingly, given the whimsical nature of the question, many readers responded with practical, down-to-earth, common-sense ideas—which suggests just how strapped for funding many schools really are.
Here are what we consider to be our readers’ best 15 ideas. How would you respond? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
1. Every student would have access to the internet.
“If money was no object, I would provide every household a computer with internet access.” —Susan M. Prichard, community/parent/volunteer liaison, Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School, Wilmington, Calif.
“If we had unlimited funds, I’d re-institute and expand the program we had last year to open the school computer lab in the evenings. I’d keep the lab and media center open M-F 6-8 p.m. and on Saturdays 10-12 to facilitate homework, long-term projects, test prep, and college/career searches.” —Alicia M-B. Hall John F. Kennedy High School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.