New Law Allows Donations for Struggling R.I. Schools
Barbara Manni thought she had a simple solution when the cash-strapped Cranston school system cut her daughter's middle school basketball and softball teams last year: raise the funding herself.
School officials quickly pointed out an obstacle. Nothing in Rhode Island law allowed the school system to accept donations earmarked for specific purposes, like saving an athletic team.
Now, in a sign pointing to the depth of Rhode Island's recession, lawmakers have approved a new law which allows donors to specify to schools how their gifts will be used, a protection supporters hope will encourage private philanthropists to save endangered sports programs and academic frills that...
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