Donations aren't mandatory, your child will not be denied time in a classroom as a result of you not paying for your donation.
All schools I have been to, and the ones my kids have attended and my siblings kids, the donation contributes to the "extras". If your school handles that differently, so be it.
What do you think happens to the $x00 donation you make? You understand it's used to educate your kids, not so that the Principal can pay for a holiday to the Bahamas, or so the PM can buy herself a nice new car? You do get that right?
No really? I thought it went towards the Maseratti the principal was driving... again, TOTALLY missing my point and you're not looking at the big picture. Yes again, I'm not against more money towards education, I simply believe that:
1. School donations should NOT exist (it's incidentally on Labour's agenda to replace donations with govt payment of $150 per student)
2. It's just another TAX with more bureaucratic implications eg: you can apply for a tax credit which is just more paperwork for everyone (you, IRD etc)
So why not do away with donations and just increase spending on education? Why bother with another totally irrelevant transaction? Because presently IT IS BIG MONEY for affluent schools. Auckland Grammar in 2016 for example received $2.88 million in donations. Wellington's Island bay primary received almost half a million for 450 students - over $1k per student. So now these public schools that are gaining a fairly hefty advantage monetary wise for discretionary spending on school activities with this "donation" money.
Now do you think a decile 1 or 2 school will receive similar donations? Absolutely not. So do you think it's fair that the kids born and going to schools in lower socio-economic areas miss out on similar extra curricular activities that "wealthier" schools get primarily through the donation scheme? I didn't think so.
And yes, I'm a staunch National voter, yet I'm realistic about the needs of our kids all getting a fair start at life. It starts with early education - so ditch the donations, and make it a fair playing field.
Lots to address here and getting off topic, however, without these donations you go back to my earlier points, what other services do you want the Government to cut to cover the $x00 per kid that you donate now multiplied by however many kids do or don't pay? Healthcare? Roads? Or is there a magic tree of money you know about that the rest of us apparently are oblivious to? Of course, if you would prefer a tax increase......
Yep, a tax increase would be perfectly fine. If it means money going towards better education, better healthcare, better public services then I'm not against it. While I don't subscribe to "punishing" the wealthy or those who have worked hard to get where they are at via massive tax increases, a mere 1% tax increase in the higher income bracket will generate tens if not hundreds of millions in extra revenue. While I'm in that bracket myself - it's not going to be enough to significantly hurt my back pocket or change my lifestyle.