Greetings fellow educators, I have an ethical and logistical question for you. I teach high school chemistry at a rather prestigious school. The administration is great, but we're strangled financially. Chemistry, much like art, requires a huge investment in perishable resources. We also have equipment that is lost or broken every semester due to accidents. This has already taken a toll on my paychecks. I'm spending upwards of $150 a week just to maintain my class. I'm thinking about addressing this situation next year by having a class-wide fundraiser. Students would receive bonus points for bringing in cash that would then be utilized for lab supplies. I'm a very "hands-on" teacher. About 70% of my class time is spent as an observer and mentor. I have my students synthesize aspirin, create soda-mentos rockets, determine blood-alcohol level in a pending DUI case, distill purified water for a survival situation, etc. I also have them work in Kagan activities. The rest of the time is spent on lectures, quizzes, and exams. It sounds all wonderful, and indeed I've seen drastic results since incorporating this approach, but it's a huge financial burden for myself. My department originally wanted to include $10 on the supplies list, but our administration shot the proposal down almost immediately. The district is still processing my proposal about tying extra credit to fundraising. I proposed that we would sell student-made ice cream outside of school hours. I would then put all of the money in a separate bank account. I've also been writing down ideas about how to turn the account into a lesson on personal finance. I would distribute copies of the monthly statements. My question is: do you think my approach is ethical? That seems to be the hang-up that led to the dismissal of our first proposal.