PS 9 PTA is City’s Most Generous
by Avi - March 9, 2010 at 9:13 am -
Parents at PS 9 gave enough money to pay for 33 teacher’s aides this year, more than any other school in the city, the Post reported. With local schools packed tight due to overcrowding, parents are trying to give their kids as much attention as they can get.
PS 9 had a huge auction on Saturday to raise money called Saturday Night Auction Fever, where everything from U2 tickets to a week at a house in the Hamptons were auctioned off.
But the money that PTAs raise isn’t going as far as it used to. Last year, the city instituted a new policy that makes PTAs give any money they raise to the Department of Education to hire the teachers assistants, because the union had complained. The assistants were making about $12 to $15 an hour as compared to unionized salaries that could go as high as $23 an hour, The New York Times reported. The new policy angered many parents, who said the money they were raising would end up hiring much fewer assistants. While the state gives money to reduce overcrowding, most of that money goes to schools in low-income districts. (photo by woodleywonderworks via flickr)