Advertising in schools: Good idea, bad idea?

October 13, 2010

We’ve definitely all heard the stories about how schools across the board are struggling to find — and keep — funding. The New Jersey school system is no exception.

Enter: advertising on yellow buses.

New Jersey is the latest state to draft a bill supporting this type of advertising as they cope with a recent $812 million cutback to school aid.

This issue is, of course, a polarizing one because many parents believe that advertising has no business in schools, when children are seemingly bombarded with it everywhere else as it is. The bill would require the boards of education to use half of the revenue for costs related to busing, and the other half for school programs or services.

I, for one, think we need our school systems to explore as many options and possibilities and way far out there ideas as they can to alleviate the stress and financial strain on schools that were already doing so much for so little. Most of the advertising is done in a tactful way that does not interfere with the educational experience, and can be a serious and important source of revenue.

I’m sure there are parents reading this blog right now with a passionate opinion either way, and we’d love to hear from you. So chime in and let us know what you think!

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One Response to Advertising in schools: Good idea, bad idea?

  1. Fhjaskag on April 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I think it is a great way for companies to get business, and it would be an amazing idea if I was to own a company. I am all for it!

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