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Parents Chip In for Teacher Jobs

By Bryan Toporek — May 17, 2010 1 min read
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Parents from a California school district raised $2 million in two months to save the teaching jobs of over 100 teachers who received pink slips in March, according to

The parents contacted fellow parents and teachers, along with local businesses, to save the jobs of 107 teachers to maintain the 20-to-one class size ratio in the district. The district was considering bumping the class sizes to 30-to-one for the coming school year to balance their budget.

“It’s great that we have accomplished our goal and are able to save all the teachers’ jobs,” said Hoi Yung Poon, a marketing campaign consultant who has a kindergartener in the district. “But at the same time we really need to work on long-term solutions because there are many other school districts who do not have the time or resources to work on such fundraising campaigns.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.