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A New Meaning for Sweat Equity in Schools

Life-size scarecrows decorating the Folsom School in Atlantic City this Halloween were not just for holiday ambience. These student creations were up for auction to raise money for the school. The funds were earmarked for the school's worthy "positive behavior program."

A New Jersey newspaper quoted a 5th-grader, who seems to know the budgetary woes of public education: "Parents are excited. We just need the money."

State aid to New Jersey's public schools is down $900 million. The school's Halloween auction raised $430.

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