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JohnNPam
JohnNPam asks:
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Does the state regulate fund raising activities within the public elementary school systems for activities that are not school related activities?

My child attends a public elementary school in West-Central Wisconsin and was approached to participate in a fund raising activity for a sports program that is not being run by the school, but, is sponsored by a Booster Club. This was done without parental permission and was distributed during school hours. The school board, elementary principal, and school superintendent have been questioned and have been unwilling to provide any answers to questions concerning this issue. Any information would be helpful. Thank you.
In Topics: Working with school administrators, My Relationship with my child's school, Sports and athletics
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi John, I'm sorry to hear that you're having difficulty getting the information you seek.

I didn't find anything relevant on this government website for the state of Wisconsin, but did share your question with them via their feedback form: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/education.html

Doing some quick Google searching, I did find that at least one school board in Wisconsin has made its fundraising policies publicly available online:
http://www.watertown.k12.wi.us/Supt/District%20Policies/3000Series/3285-2%20SAFM%20Fundraising%20Rules.pdf

The Wisconsin Open Records Law may provide you access to the policy records for your local school board:
http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Wisconsin_Open_Records_Law

You might contact the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council to learn how to access the records you seek about fundraising policy in your school district: http://www.wisfoic.org/index.php

I'm also including some links below to help you in your discussions with the school leadership. Good luck!

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, I received an email (on Monday, November 9, 2009) from Allison Coshenet, the Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Here's what she said...

"I contacted Brad Adams, one of the consultants who works on the School Financial Services team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. According to Brad, there are no administrative rules or statutes that directly pertain to fundraising in Wisconsin public schools.
 
Districts may have their own policies concerning non-school related fundraisers, but the state of Wisconsin does not regulate that."

I hope this answers your question.
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BelieveJay
BelieveJay writes:
Even though the school is not divulging their answers to your question, the hope would be that the principal is aware and approving all the various fundraising efforts at the school.  Without some governance, I think too many fundraisers tend to take place.
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