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San Francisco elementary school PTA debates how to use funds

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Tearsa Joy Hammock
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San Francisco Public Press
A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in Bernal Heights. The event netted $3,000 for the PTA. "

In 2011, the latest year that data is available, parents at San Francisco elementary schools collectively raised over five million dollars for their kids’ schools. More than half of that money was raised by only ten elementary schools in a district of 71.

The PTA at Junipero Serra Elementary was not one of the schools to raise in the hundreds of dollars of funds. It’s budget is in the tens of thousands. Four thousand of those dollars were the subject of a heated discussion at a recent meeting. KALW’s Leila Day was there.

Click the audio player above to listen to the story. 

Read more about PTA funding for San Francisco elementary schools in the winter edition of the San Francisco Public Press

Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.