Possible solution for the Fort Wayne Community Schools building needs?  From CBSnews.com:

Teacher Sells Advertising On Tests
Economic Crisis Leaves School Systems With Huge Deficits, Teachers With Few Options

America’s public schools are being sorely tested by the economic crisis, with states and cities across the nation cutting their education budgets. That’s forcing teachers to come up with unusual solutions, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports.

At a time when there seems to be advertising everywhere perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised it’s come to this: San Diego teacher Tom Farber is selling advertising on the bottom of math tests.

The ads appear as lines of text – “Braces by Stephen P. Henry D.M.D.,” for example.

[…] “I would have never have done this five years ago or ten years ago,” Farber says. “I wouldn’t even have thought of it because there was never a necessity.”

[…] At $10 dollars for a quiz, $20 for a test, and $30 for a final exam, Farber’s ads don’t pay for much- just the cost of printing the tests.

[…] So now Nydam is one of the 5,000 teachers signed up on a Web site called “Gold Star Registry.”

It’s like a registry for wedding gifts. But here, here teachers can list the supplies they need and parents can make a donation.

Tom Farber has sold already most of his test page ads right through finals. “Anybody who criticizes this I challenge them to open up their wallets,” he says.

In a tough economy, teachers like Farber and Nydam are offering lessons in survival, as well.

From the Gold Star Registry website:

What Is Gold Star Registry?

FOR PARENTS – Download PDF
Enhance your child’s learning experience by contributing to your teacher’s registry.

It’s fast and easy!

  • Log onto goldstarregistry.com.
  • Find the registry of your child’s teacher.
  • Browse the thousands of learning products that your teacher has selected to enhance your child’s learning experience.
  • Choose item(s) to contribute or donate to their piggy bank.
  • Your contributions are sent directly to the teacher.

Support your teachers so they can make a difference in the life of your child.

FOR TEACHERS – Download PDF

Gold Star Registry is a new way for teachers to easily get the educational tools they need for their classrooms. It widens the circle of support—anyone can donate.

Get started today!

  • Log onto goldstarregistry.com.
  • Set up a registry.
  • Use the teacher communication tools to spread the word to potential donors.
  • Enjoy the advantage of having the educational tools to make a difference in your students’ education.

The mission of Gold Star Registry is to help teachers get the classroom tools they need so they can focus on what really matters: making a difference in the lives of their students.

FOR DONORS – Download PDF

The teachers in your community need your help and support. Your contributions will make a difference in the life of a student.

How can I contribute?

  • Log onto goldstarregistry.com.
  • Choose a teacher’s registry.
  • Choose item(s) to contribute or donate to their piggy bank.
  • Your contributions are sent directly to the teacher.

Unlike fundraisers, 100% of money donated goes toward products for the classroom.

Support your teachers so they can make a difference in their students’ lives.

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