Advertising On School Lockers

Budget cuts force a Minnesota school district to allow ad placements in hallways.

Faced with budget cuts totaling over 3.6 million dollars, a Minnesota school district has turned to advertising revenue to fund their programs. Such issues bring up a slew of questions in terms of where the private meets the public, education meets capitalism. What are the psychological effects of allowing advertising to infiltrate across all sectors of life? Yet, how do school districts maintain operation without funding? These are not easy questions to deal with.

The Star Tribune reports:

“I hate to say it’s all about the money, but it probably is,” said Paul Stremick, Centennial school superintendent. “Still, we want to keep students’ interests in mind.” That means the district would be allowed to turn down ads not deemed suitable for kids.”

StarTribune: “Schools open lockers to advertising”

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