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$1 million in one week? Not even in Beverly Hills

We told you a week ago about an effort to raise $1 million to protect jobs in the glitzy Beverly Hills school district. 

Even that wealthy school district wasn't able to reach its goal.

The LA Times reports that donors chipped in $540,000 during the weeklong fund raiser, enough to convince the School Board there to save the 11 positions that had been targeted for cutting, once the teachers union agreed to two furlough days to cover the remaining gap.

"The campaign brought everybody together," Alex Cherniss, an assistant superintendent, told the paper. "People have this perception that in Beverly Hills, one person can write that check. That's not the case and that's not what happened. There are lots of middle-class, hardworking folks here, and almost all of them contributed." 

Anything like this happening here in Florida?

[Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:33pm]

    

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