Fists raised in triumph, the man lorded sweet victory over his foes and strutted, his puffed chest straining the buttons of his Brooks Brothers shirt. His spoils? A fruit and vegetable quilt. His 5-year-old daughter made the lime. His cost? $2,700. School auctions are great theater, I’ve learned, says Petula Dvorak for the Washington Post. They can be a checkbook sword used to settle long-simmering playground disputes, and–as more schools are learning–one way to close the growing budget gap that schools all over are suffering. Spring is auction season in Washington area schools, and some of the displays of power and largesse here at the epicenter of parent overachievement can seem positively 2005…

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About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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