Question: field trip funs

Our teachers are in a contract dispute with the city. We have 6th graders in this elementary school. I am part of the 6th grade committee and I am in charge of making our kids year full and memorable. Due to the teachers contract dispute, we are not having any field trips. I asked if we could use the money that has been allocated for field trips to be used for an outside of school activity. I was told it has to be for educational purposes. Is their anything in the bylaws that states money can be use for something else other than education use?

Asked by Anonymous



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Craig writes:
In our experience, pretty much every parent group spends money on things that are not strictly educational -- but still benefit the school. For example, holding a Family Movie Night at the school isn't academic. It doesn't tie in with the curriculum. But it helps make families feel more connected to the school community. And having a supportive community has tremendous benefits for students and the school as a whole.

You might discuss with the principal just what "educational" should mean. It sounds like some have a pretty narrow view. But I think it's easy to argue that a broader definition would benefit everyone.

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Rose H writes:
Hi there,
Just wanted to add to give your bylaws a look. There could be some language in there that would help clarify. But as Craig points out, there are many activities and programs that may not have a specifically defined academic focus but support an overall positive school environment, which helps foster a better learning experience for the kids.


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