Seattle schools may allow corporate advertising

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 5:52 PM

SEATTLE – Seattle Public Schools is expected to vote Wednesday whether to allow corporate advertising back in schools.

In 2004, Seattle was in the forefront as being one of the first school districts in the country to get rid of corporate advertising, but with tighter budgets, that decision may change.

“We do need money. It would be more noticeable to have money where we need it and if we have to do it with advertisement, whatever,” said one Roosevelt High School student.

“I think that, in a way, it’s a step back and I understand why people complain about that. But at the same time, I’m probably not going to notice it. It’s not going to affect me at all,” said another student.

If approved, advertising would be allowed on athletic fields, stadiums, scoreboards and calendars. The Seattle Times reports companies like Nike and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have expressed interest.

The school board has no estimate on how much money would be generated.

The Times also reports officials had considered allowing some banned junk foods back into vending machines, but they now say that option may not be feasible because of looming federal guidelines.

Some health organizations and parent groups plan to protest at Wednesday’s vote.

Report by KING 5's Roberta Romero compiled by Travis Pittman

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