The $37.40 Question
Over at Jim Burke's Ning at The English Companion, a teacher raised the question of what to do with the remaining budget her department has for the rest of the school year. All $37.40!
In the comments, someone suggested buying coffee and bagels and getting the teachers together for a brainstorming session on how to tap into other resources. The department had to make an expensive purchase of textbooks for middle school students, but now there is little left for the interactive whiteboard they were hoping to buy for one classroom.
I'm sure a lot of districts are facing this same issue. So what do you do when the funding well is almost dry but needs are ongoing for materials and equipment that will help teachers and students?