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Collecting Enough Taxes Would Mean Your Kid Would Not Have To Sell Wrapping Paper To Fund Schools

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed parents rebelling against school fundraisers. They are tired of being hit up for money. In Houston and elsewhere, school kids go out and sell wrapping paper and candy to raise money for schools. Often only about 50% of the money collected really goes to the schools.

The parents profiled discussed solutions to the problem. Most of the solutions involve giving money directly to schools and teachers. 

A few years ago my sister-in-law in the Chicago area asked me to buy wrapping paper for her son’s school. This fundraiser was being run by the local PTA. I told her I would join the PTA but I would not buy the rip-off wrapping paper. That is how I became a member of the Illinois PTA.

The solution to all this, of course, is to collect sufficient taxes to run our schools. People will pay for what they value. It’s clear enough the value our society places on education. 

March 30, 2007 - Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes!, Ways We Hate Children


  1. You are right on the money. As a teacher I see the never ending fund raisers. As soon as one stops another starts. Like you say, the saddest parts is how little money goes to the school or other organization. Corporations are using kids to sell their products and giving them little in return. That screams of abuse.

    Comment by Greg Jerome | March 30, 2007

  2. I refuse to have my daughter sell any of the crap they try to get her to sell. i pay 8k a year for her school and they still force this on us. But i am not sure any amount of tax paid will fix the social and economic issues that we are faced with in cincinnati and the public school system here.

    Comment by bill b | April 1, 2007

  3. yes..The problems in Cincinnati and in Houston are very deep and taxes alone are not the issue. But more money would be a start.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 1, 2007

  4. Most public school systems are fat bureaucracies top heavy and over funded. They raise money in annoying ways in an effort to get the locals to agree for increased taxes.

    Private schools do more with less. The way to end this is simple, it is called the free market.

    Comment by Peter Jefferies | April 2, 2007

  5. If the intent is to annoy people to pay enough taxes it is not working out as hoped.

    I’m not sure where your so-called free market exists in America given the extent we subsidize the wealthy in this country. But if it does exist in a more pure form somewhere, you can be sure the average person is getting a raw deal.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 2, 2007

  6. Don’t forget the “make your own pizza” kits…

    Comment by Laz | April 3, 2007

  7. I would be happy to pay the 8k to the public schools if i thought violet would get the same level of education. i got your point I just dont see a solution for cincinnati anytime soon.

    Comment by bill b | April 4, 2007

  8. You said in your blog “people will pay for what they value”. In Texas, 90% of my property tax goes to the school district, since tax reform will not take effect until 2008, my wife and I, who have no children, and are smokers, are forced to pay an inflated tax for that vice also, for education. My neighbor, who had 5 school age children,and extra tax deductions, pays 1/10th of what we are forced to pay. In addition, the state, is pushing this “insure every child” agenda. In a world that will destroy itself over human population, and a media that uses the words “accountability” and “responsibility” often, I find it hard to believe that this responsibility is shouldered largely by people like my wife and I. My feeling is, IF YOU PROCREATE, YOU SHOULD SHOULDER THE RESPONSIBILITY. And those who do not, should be rewarded with less of a tax burden. But, as usual, the state goes with the solution that is the most popular, but makes the least sense.

    Comment by steve | August 5, 2007

  9. So, if you value your children, like the writer said, then give extra funds donated to the state to support YOUR CHILDREN.

    Comment by steve | August 5, 2007

  10. It’s a subject for a different post, but I do find families to be often quite selfish. That said, I don’t have kids and I’m happy to pay for schools.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 6, 2007

  11. Yes, Neil, but this education taxation policy was found unconstitutional by the Texas supreme court in 2005, and the court ordered the legislators to fix it by 2008. In the meanwhile, their method to fix is, is based on a huge tax on cigarettes. So, smokers who own property are really getting the bad deal. Again, my neighbor with 5 school aged kids, pay about $60 ayear, we are paying thousands

    Comment by steve | August 8, 2007

  12. State income tax. State income tax. State income tax. State income tax. State income tax. State income tax.

    Steve–Thanks for the ongoing comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 14, 2007

  13. yes, that would be a solution, but as I wrote to Rick perry, a tax on disposable diapers and such is the fair thing to do. After all, they are the people that will use the system, needless to say, I did not get a response. Politicians take advantage of the unpopular, over the popular,. for their own political agenda. That that makes sense, has no place in a game such as this.

    Comment by steve | August 18, 2007

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