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Way beyond bake sales

By the Numbers


PARENTS in the 925 no longer expect the state to pay for public school “extras” such as art and music programs, counselors, librarians, and science equipment. So they host gala auctions, major gift campaigns, and other big-money professional fundraisers to ensure that their kids get a quality education.

20 Conservative estimate, in millions of dollars, of the amount that parents raised for public schools in the 925 during the 2005–06 school year

32 Approximate number of teachers, counselors, and staff positions in Walnut Creek district schools fully or partially funded by parent fundraising

7,000 Amount, in dollars, bid for an in-home martini party, hosted by parents, at last year’s auction for Tassajara Hills Elementary in Danville

450 Per-child donation, in dollars, that parents are asked to give to the Educational Foundation of Orinda, which will raise about $1.3 million for schools this year

66 Approximate percentage of Orinda parents who generally donate to the foundation 

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