Interesting example of school fundraising, but one that seems sure to increase parental involvement, at least among some parents!
#2 Pencil also Fisks this article. Eduwonk will only add one thing, per the photo accompanying the story. Eduwonk knows a little bit about Upper Arlington, Ohio. Nice place to live, good public schools, very quiet, and quite literally almost no minorities. There is an important component to the anti-NCLB “revolt” (or adult temper tantrum if you prefer) that gets insufficient attention.
And hold the outraged emails. This is not an accusation of racism, but rather of inattention to, and lack of awareness about, the obscene disparities in our system of public education, which works very well for some kids and miserably for others — and not at random. See, for instance, this data on Ohio.