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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Apr 11, 2017

Dana Goldstein of The New York Times looks at issues of equity when it comes to PTA fundraising, and how those dollars are being distributed and spent. In a new report, the Center for American Progress finds that PTAs nationally raised close to $450 million in the 2013-14 academic year, but 50 particularly wealthy schools accounted for 10 percent of those dollars. Goldstein visited the Malibu-Santa Monica school district in Southern California, which is reconsidering its current policy, which pool most PTA donations so more dollars reach schools serving the neediest students. What’s behind the pushback to the existing program, which has been considered a national model for more equitable PTA fundraising? How is this local controversy reflective of a larger national debate about school funding? And how can local reporters start digging into the finances of their local PTAs?