Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 05:26:41 EST
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From: Jim Kaufman <Labsafe**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Science Funding
In our community, interested parents started a "Boosters Club for Science  
Education".  It does all the kinds of things that school parents sports  
boosters club do and more.  It helps to provide the extra resources for  something 
they believe in.   ... Jim 
And, when they did a safety audit with a Polaroid camera and gave the  
resulting photo album to the superintendent, stuff got fixed.  What  followed was a 
$6,000,000 renovation.
In a message dated 11/11/2005 12:02:43 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
LISTSERV**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU writes:

Date:    Thu, 10 Nov 2005 14:39:29 -0800
From:   Debbie Decker 
Subject: Re: Comments in  "In Our Time" Newsletter


Since I'm currently in a  snarl with my local school district over the dismal
state of science  funding at the high school, this seems timely.  Chemistry
is best  learned experientially and that can be done safely at the high
school level  with things that won't hurt if they get out of hand.  But when
there's  no money provided for consumables, the lab experience goes away and
kids  end up learning chemistry from a book (exceedingly boring, frankly),
not at  the end of their fingers.

Besides getting the Superintendent all  stirred up and wreaking havoc with
the school board, which hasn't resulted  in a single extra dime so far, any
other ideas for helping?  Anyone  else been successful at increasing funding
for science?

Thanks for  your input,

James A.  Kaufman, Ph.D.

The  Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI)
A Nonprofit International Organization  for
Safety in Science and Science Education

192 Worcester Road,  Natick, MA 01760-2252
508-647-1900 Fax: 508-647-0062
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