Sold! Auctions helping schools close the funding gap

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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