Excuse my vent.... My team looked into purchasing the Social Studies Weekly to use for our social studies lesson. This paper is great because it's 100% aligned with our benchmarks. At the beginning of the year we wanted to ask parents to give us $5 so we could purchase them for each student. (This would be $5 for the entire year, mind you.) The principal caught wind that we were asking for money and told us we were not allowed since the parents already do SO much. (We are NOT a Title I school.) She told us we need to have it come out of our account from class donations or to write a grant for PTA to purchase them for us. Since our class donations wouldn't even cover half the cost of them, we wrote the grant to PTA. Today we received a notice that they were not going to give us the grant. The kicker, PTA DID grant the Science department money to purchase new balances AND our P told another grade level they could ask parents for $5 to purchase Buckle Down books. Really?????? UGH! I thought about purchasing them myself for my kids but I'm just out of money. Writing another grant to somewhere else would just take too long.