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  •  Thank you! I'll talk with my team mates, (22+ / 0-)

    tomorrow.  We have so many things we'd like to do ... For example, our incubator (1960's era) died, last spring, and we were heartbroken.  There is simply NO money to replace things like microscopes and even glassware is sooooo expensive.  

    I look at the old equipment we are using, and I often wonder how it was that in the past, somehow our school had money to buy science equipment for our students.  We've been trying so hard to preserve every precious peice of equipment for so long, but students are just learning to use things -- and things get broken ...

    Plus, a lot of what we use are consumables and people don't give grants for unsexy things like hydrochloric acid or baking soda or even density cubes.

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    by bkamr on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 02:50:25 PM PST

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    •  The anti-tax mantra has destroyed so much (20+ / 0-)

      of our civil commitment to public education and community development.  People don't want to pay an extra 100 bucks property taxes so they vote against school levies.  Or people think that since they don't have kids in the schools anymore, why should they vote for the school levy.  They don't think in terms of community-- in terms of how good schools and good teachers and well-educated kids are key to a strong future for local and national development.

      All people think now, thanks to Ronald Reagan and Grover Norquist, is "how do I get mine?"

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 07:32:11 PM PST

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    •  I honestly don't know how much of a pain (5+ / 0-)
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      it is too write up one of these projects for DonorsChoose.

      I just wanted to say, though, that I have seen incubators and microscopes funded and those projects included consumables as part of the package.

      There also was a water quality project submitted by a high school teacher that already had 2 aquarium set ups. She came up with a cool water quality experiment and focused on that but the supplies she asked for was an extensive list of chemicals that she need to alter the water chemistry. Many of the chemicals came in 500g quantities and as protein biochemist, I'd say she set herself up with enough chemicals for several years.

      It appears that projects that are experiment driven, reasonable in price, and have cool titles that catch the eye draw donors. I'm not saying that school supplies like printer ink, pencils, paper, etc aren't important, but donors tend to avoid those.

      Alternate energy type projects also get a lot of attention. Many of these types of projects tend to be very expensive, often ranging from $700-$100+. Energy funding partners usually snap these up and cover a significant portion of the cost and leave about $150 for other donors to cover. A significant portion of these projects also cross the finish line.

      Visit The Inoculation Project Sunday morning and support science and math projects in red state classrooms! The IP is vaccination free.

      by nervousnellie on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:06:00 AM PST

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