It’s long been true that schools have to hold bake sales and wrapping paper sales to raise needed funds. Now, one educator is resorting to a shoe sale to stave off layoffs at her school.
The creative and shoe-loving principal of Jackson Elementary in El Dorado Hills, a suburb east of Sacramento, is hawking her vast array shoes via the Internet.
Calling her effort “Shoes to the Rescue,” Michele Miller is selling off hundreds of pairs of shoes on a web site that you can check out here.
This is a fun story, which is getting a lot of media attention. But the sobering underside is that education is at such a low point in funding that a principal is raiding her own wardrobe to help pay the bills.
If practitioners have to sell their boots and slingbacks to pay the bills, I am not sure schools can meet the higher performance demands now being placed on them or that we can expect greater professionalization of the education field.
Let’s hear from principal Miller directly: