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NYTimes Features Prof. Farago’s Letter on Parent Contributions to Public Schools

June 8, 2012

Professor Emeritus John Farago’s Letter to the Editor about parents donating money to public schools was published in the New York Times. In response to a June 1 article about increased fundraising by parent associations at public schools, Farago notes the difficulty in balancing the view of some that public schools should be a level playing field with the view of those who feel they ought to be allowed to spend their money to enhance their children’s education. But he questions whether contributions from parents to their own children’s schools should be considered charity: “Why should these self-interested acts be treated, morally or legally, as tax-deductible or awarded the leverage that such status accords them?”

Farago is a founding faculty member of CUNY Law. He is an expert in the uses of technology in legal education and frequently lectures on technology and pedagogy.

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