Should Advertisements Be Allowed in Schools? [Poll]
As Montclair's state aid continues to drop and the district looks for new revenue sources, should advertising in schools be a viable option?
Imagine that as you walk your daughter to the school bus in the morning, you are greeted with an advertisement on the side of the yellow bus for the latest Apple iPhone.
Or when you go to watch your son's wrestling tournament at Montclair High School, you are welcomed at the entrance with banners suggesting that you shop at Whole Foods and billboards in the gymnasium sponsored by Nike.
As districts struggle to balance declining state aid and affordable tax increases, selling advertisement space on school property is seen as an quick fix to bring in extra dollars, according to an NJ.com article.
The Montclair district has seen its state aid numbers drop dramatically in the past few years. When Gov. Chris Christie nixed nearly $1 billion from schools in 2010, Montclair's state aid plummeted more than 60 percent, from about $9 million the previous year to $3.5 million.
School officials in districts such as Linden and Lyndhurst are or will be exploring "corporate partnership opportunities," according to NJ.com, that could make space around schools fair game for ads and sponsorships.
In January 2011, Christie signed into law a bill that would allow advertisements on school buses to help raise revenue.
So as Montclair goes forward and looks for new revenue sources other than taxing residents, would you mind seeing advertisements in the schools? Vote in the poll below and let your neighbors know.