Public school funding should come from the public (duh)

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)

In the department of, "It's about time someone said that!"--a group of wealthy people in Philadelphia condemn the use of philanthropy [especially by Eli Broad] to control public education, and argue that public school funding should come from the general public--or, as it's sometimes called but only in whispers, taxation.

H/T The Nonprofit Quarterly

And it's particularly important that this came from rich people, because apparently they're the only ones allowed to point out the screamingly obvious fact that preservation of the income-tax deduction for charitable gifts is less important than constructing an income-tax system progressive enough to provide social services which don't rely primarily on charity. When the Nonprofiteer mentioned this yesterday to a representative of a group of grant-makers, her interlocutor acknowledged the truth of the proposition but said, "We're dancing on the head of a pin here, because we can only say what our Board lets us say and our Board is made up of rich people who really like the charitable deduction and really don't like the idea of paying more taxes."

Yup, that about wraps it up. So blessings on thee, privileged Millennials, for pointing out that the charitable/philanthropic emperor has only the clothes he stole from the rest of us.

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