Schools Relying On PTA Groups For Funding

CLEVELAND (AP) - No more bake sales.

Parent-teacher associations are becoming sophisticated organizations, selling catalog merchandise to raise money for schools and running publishing companies to help teachers laminate and bind classroom materials.

A P-T-A for Falls-Lenox Primary school in suburban Cleveland raised 32-thousand dollars this year, mainly through catalog sales of items that include flowers and sausage.

P-T-A groups say tight school budgets force them to increase their fund-raising.

But some education experts are worried that the fund-raising can widen the disparity that already exists between high-income and low-income districts.