October 26th, 2011
Barbara Clark: Advertising isn't answer to budget woes
By Barbara Clark
Washoe County School District staff has brought back the issue of advertising to the Board of Trustees, this time for the website and delivery trucks instead of school buses. I am opposed to raising revenue from advertising to support our public K-12 education for a variety of reasons. The most important reason is that public education should be funded by public dollars.
Of course, we accept money from private corporations and private individuals, but the real issue is when there’s a quid pro quo—“We’ll give you money if you agree to plug our product”—and that is the ethical question that needs to be addressed.
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