A school in Los Alamitos, California has retracted an offer to allow students to “buy out” of a week’s worth of homework — if their parents send in $100 — after receiving complaints from outraged parents.
Project Leap was running the program, which would have allowed the students one week free of all homework if the parents were willing to give the $100 which would be used for expenses in the classroom according to a report this Thursday from KABC the local ABC affiliate.
One angry parent who did not wish to be identified, told the station that she was enraged when her son, a fourth grade student at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, came home with the flier making the offer and asked if she would send in the money so that he could take a brief vacation from homework.
“I’m furious because I don’t have $100, first of all, to give to the school,” the mother said.
“I feel bad for my son because he was like, ‘Mom, can we do it?’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to let a teacher or a school bribe my kid and teach him the wrong thing. It’s not morally correct to say, hey give $100 and you don’t have to do your work,” she said.
Administrators told KABC that they were unaware of the offer and immediately rescinded it upon learning of it.
In a statement, Sherry Kropp, superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District, said:
“We love our fundraising groups and have amazingly supportive parents but we absolutely cannot raise money by having parents pay for having no homework for their specific student.”
Richard Henry Lee Elementary School principal, Robert Briggerman agreed with Kropp saying that such a program sends the wrong message to students and promised to see that all parents who had sent in the money already received a refund.
Watch a report from KABC in the video below.