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Crowdfunding Classrooms

A thank you note from an Indiana student to a donor who contributed to an online fundraising campaign that benefitted the student's classroom.

Teachers in Ohio often spend their own money to outfit classrooms. As costs rise and budgets shrink, many teachers have turned to online fundraising, or crowdfunding, attracting outside support for education.

The popular DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding website, for example, has raised funds for more than a million projects since 2000 and currently hosts more than 2,000 initiatives for Ohio alone. 

A new report from the Ohio Auditor's office, however, recommends school districts adopt policies that regulate the online fundraising.

Today on All Sides we discuss the growth of crowdsourcing for classroom supplies and how to do so with caution.  


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