AZ Schools Free to Use Same Inefficient Revenue Model as Rest of Internet
What's a school to do to raise money these days? Door-to-door fund raising went out with issues of Grit. Bake sales tell kids that fat pills are acceptable, so they're banned. Raise taxes? Really? Good luck with that.
The state of Arizona had an idea for a gap filler, though, between blood donations and panhandling for cash: let schools sell ad space on their Web sites (as well as permanent sponsors of facilities to encourage athletics donations).
Starting this winter, tutoring services, colleges, and soda makers can all step in to provide money to cash-strapped schools in return for a spot on school portals and athletics pages.
Of course, forget about Joe Camel making an appearance on your kids' online progress report:
"According to a recently approved law, the ads must be “age appropriate and not contain promotion of any substance that is illegal for minors, such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs, or gambling” and must “comply with the state sex education policy of abstinence".
Sorry, children; you'll just have to rely on the rest of the Internet for that.