Walking in her shoes: Principal tells us why she is selling her heels to raise money for her school

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:

26 comments Add your comment

Lee

March 25th, 2011
10:11 am

California, the poster child of how not to run a state, is inundated with illegal aliens. Maybe Michelle Miller would have more impact by describing how the children of illegal aliens have bankrupted the school systems.

Consider this:
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In California, the $7.7 billion spent annually educating the children of illegal immigrants – nearly 13% of the overall 2004/5 education budget could:

Cover the education budget shortfall for the 2004-05 school year, estimated by the Legislative Analyst Office at $6 billion and nearly cover the $2 billion reduction this year from the Proposition 98 formula.

Or the remaining $1.7 billion could pay the salaries of about 31,000 teachers and reduce per student ratios, or furnish 2.8 million new computers – enough computers for about half of the state’s students.
prevent educational shortfalls estimated at $9.8 billion over the past four years that have impacted on “… class size, teacher layoffs, shorter library hours and fewer counselors, nurses, custodians and groundskeepers.” (Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2005)
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But no, what gets media play is this woman’s shoe fetish….

Alecia

March 25th, 2011
10:12 am

I just went over a similar topic yesterday about “school money”. My investment properties are scattered in different school districts. The taxes and mil rates in the underperforming ones are a lot higher than the ones in the great school districts. Some of my properties are in choice school districts, but the amount of tax for these properties is approx. 30% lower than the “bad school” districts. Also, the amount to educate 1 student is higher in the “bad school” district. Makes a person think about the “budgeting crisis”.

Dr NO...

March 25th, 2011
10:18 am

She certainly must love entertaining via the ole “Shoe Show”. This shoe sale is just another dumb “feel good idea” by some bubble head that will so not much good at all.

“Oh look at me, I care and can prove it by selling all my shoes. Im a saint and should be rewarded with my name in lights. I did it all for the kiddies.” Pitiful. Just more sillyness…

What's best for kids

March 25th, 2011
10:24 am

15 instructional aides, and only 20 teachers???? Her video also said that there are three assistant principals. Upon further investigation, there are quite a few instructional coaches and such. This is the problem with the schools and systems today. Too many people outside of the classroom and not enough teachers.
http://www.jacksonelementary.org/

Dunwoody Mom

March 25th, 2011
10:43 am

Nothing like taking a story about someone trying to do something good and making it all about your own personal opinions…..

RambleOn84

March 25th, 2011
11:14 am

I guess it’s kind of nice that she’s doing this, but how unrealistic is it to think someone is going to pay $1,000 for your nasty used shoes?

RambleOn84

March 25th, 2011
11:19 am

And I will NEVER for the life of me understand how anyone can be so obsessed with shoes.

I would say women, but I have sadly seen some so-called “men” share this obsession. Clothing is clothing. I wear the same shoes every day until they wear out, then I buy a new pair. Even then I try to hold out til my wife drags me to buy a new pair.

The obsession and commercialism of our society has gotten out of hand. An entire room devoted to SHOES?! Truly revolting.

A Conservative Voice

March 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

WOW, and how far does she think $3.15 is gonna go toward saving those people when someone in the system will probably steal most of it :) Woman’s a nut……and she’s a principal!!!!!!!!!

Chris

March 25th, 2011
12:30 pm

it’s not going to solve anything – but it’s not supposed to. This is a morale booster for her staff. We get called in and admins tell us they’re cutting ten so we better not screw up or it will be us. Then they hire a few more of their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters after canning us. She’s taking the opposite approach and although it probably won’t help, it will boost morale for a while. This, in turn, should help students because they’ll have energized motivated teachers.

ah03422

March 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

I may just be tender hearted, but as an elementary school teacher, I think it is a way to improve staff morale even if the end result does not keep any positions. I agree with some of the previous posts about where cuts could be made to save classroom teachers, but it’s a start. The principal is guiding this sale. At least she cares about her teachers. I don’t think that is the case in some schools.

RambleOn84

March 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

You’re right, ah…

I shouldn’t be a jerk here…it is a very nice gesture. I guess I am just floored by the idea that a person could own so many shoes.

Inman Park Boy

March 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

I advise donating to a good private school. Public schools are a grand experiment gone sour.

oldtimer

March 25th, 2011
1:59 pm

Sounds like there could be some cuts in this school and it would not affect the children.

Truth

March 25th, 2011
2:13 pm

@ Lee – just for clarification…..do you feel illegal aliens are NOT contributing financially in some way? Don’t they have to live somewhere (property taxes – either as the renter or buyer are being paid). In the metro Atlanta area, one cent of all purchases go toward metro schools…..so these illegal aliens are paying taxes when they buy food, clothes, etc.

I am not saying being an “illegal” is right; however I get confused when people state the “illegals” are “draining” our economy but in reality they are contributing too! I feel like the whole “illegals” versus “legals” is another ploy to “divide” the nation. It is a story played out in history over and over – first the Europeans immigrants stealing jobs from “honest American” factory workers and now the “desperate” illegals leaching the economy….smh

Dr NO...

March 25th, 2011
2:20 pm

ah03422

March 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

Ya…and tossing a glass of water on a blazing 3 story building also does a lot of good. You people will never learn.

Dr NO...

March 25th, 2011
2:22 pm

RambleOn84

March 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

Well atleast it shows she does care!! About her feet that is and I bet they are very smooth and kissable… ;)

Dr NO...

March 25th, 2011
2:24 pm

RambleOn84

March 25th, 2011
11:19 am

Hey…a female friend of mine has 137 pairs of shoes and thats just in her garage…not telling whats in the closet, spare closet, under the bed etc. Yep…just a pure waste.

The last girl I dated had 38 pairs of tennis shoes in her closet. And looked as though they had never been worn.

HStchr

March 25th, 2011
2:42 pm

@truth: my sentiments exactly!! We’re all illegals at some point in our history- DUH!!

I’m amazed at how quickly so many here have taken a nice gesture, to boost morale, and turned it into a debate about immigration status and public/private school. Sheesh, can’t we just appreciate the woman’s gesture?

Dr NO...

March 25th, 2011
2:56 pm

“Sheesh, can’t we just appreciate the woman’s gesture?”

Is that anything like “good intentions pave the way to hell”?

Its futile gesture. Its meaningless and will result in little or nothing. She is doing it to garner attention like 3/4s of the USA these day. “OH…LOOK AT ME…I CARE…IM GOOD…I CARE…” All flash no substance.

punstress

March 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Did I miss something? Never does she mention what SIZE her shoes are or where you can go to look at them and buy them. Or do you pay $1,000 for a souvenir you’re not expected to actually wear? With my luck I’d probably get those pink daisy flip-flops.

Ginger

March 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

If they were Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blanik, then maybe. However, they look cheap. Cheap shoes harbor bacteria and can ruin your feet. I would never purchase shoes at a thrift or consignment as you never now what grown inside a dark and damp shoe … Gross!

This is purely for attention. The publcity has “ME” written all over it. Not surprising this story comes out of Californication.

Ginger

March 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Blahnik – wouldn’t want to upset the Shoe Gods!

whatever

March 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Designer shoes? Then this principal makes too much money.
Cheap shoes? She is a hoarder, if you haven’t worn it in over a year get rid of it!
Where does the media continue to find these lunatics?

Dekalbite@what's best for kids

March 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

You’re right.

8 regular ed teachers out of 34 staff members. While I admire Ms. Miller’s effort to keep everyone employed, looking at the regular ed teacher to staff ratio is critical. Maybe California mandates she keeps all those personnel who do not teach math, science, social studies and language arts. If so, that’s very sad for the kids who are coming to school to be instructed in the content areas.
http://www.jacksonelementary.org/

JAT

March 26th, 2011
10:32 am

@ Alecia-”The taxes and mil rates in the underperforming ones are a lot higher than the ones in the great school district”

This is because you have to pay teachers, admin.’s etc. more to get them to work in these “bad” school districts. We call it “combat pay”.

Also, there are more underperforming students and students with special needs that require more services..this costs more money.

Top School

March 27th, 2011
2:56 pm

Maybe she can get some lessons from the APS -Jackson Principal
This principal knows how to move money from salaried positions to the school’s general fund and miscellaneous accounts, falsify criteria for work that was not actually accomplished, falsify attendance records, and the list goes on…

Of course this Principal has a HOT LINE to the downtown comptroller and APS Superintendent’s downtown regime.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com