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Parents Have Mixed Feelings About Ads In Schools

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(An advertisement on a school bus in Colorado.  File photo)

(An advertisement on a school bus in Colorado. File photo)

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By Jim Melwert and Brad Segall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Another suburban school district is looking at a plan that would allow advertising inside the district’s schools as a way to generate badly-needed revenue. And the plan is getting mixed reviews.

The West Chester School Board is expected to vote Monday night to move forward with a recommendation that the district look into selling advertisements that would be allowed in schools. If approved, a committee would be formed to write a policy that would set guidelines on what kinds of ads would be allowed.

READ: West Chester School District Considers In-School Ads Aimed at Students

So what does the public think of the idea of advertisements in schools?

With the promised oversight, parents like Ed Maloney say they could get behind the idea, “as long as it’s appropriate advertising, I think it would be okay to supplement the budget of the school.”

But the thought of advertising in schools certainly has its critics. There are those who question the idea, saying ads would just be another distraction. “I think that we’re being too bombarded with advertisements and it’s also at an age whereby, depending on what type of advertisement, it could form an opinion within the child.”

This person agrees: “We don’t need any of that stuff. The last thing we need to do is subject our kids to more commercialism as they’re trying to get some studying done.  I think it’s a terrible idea.”

But, others say it might not be a bad thing, if it were, say an ad for a college. “I don’t see it being inappropriate. I think we should be promoting college and higher education to our students.”

What do you think about ads in schools? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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