Times: As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Times: As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Credit: KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elizabeth Knighton teaches instrumental music two days a week at Seattle's Lowell Elementary School. The district covers part of her salary and the rest is covered by the PTA at Lowell Elementary School.

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by Brian M. Rosenthal / Seattle Times Education Reporter

KING5.com

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 29 at 2:23 PM

Step into Madison Park's McGilvra Elementary School and you can't help but notice the evidence of an incredible parent-fundraising operation.

Sure, there are the traditional contributions: library books, art supplies, hallway decorations. But parents here also help fund a math teacher, a reading specialist, an art instructor, a computer trainer and a full-time counselor.

The total price tag last year: $393,950.

McGilvra is not unique in the Seattle public-school district.

Responding to state budget cuts and other factors, Seattle parent-teacher associations (PTAs) are funneling several million dollars into the city's schools each year, some of it supporting a couple dozen employee salaries, according to budget documents provided by the district.

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