PTO Revenues and Public School Inequity in Washington, D.C.
One of my current projects examines fundraising and organizing efforts of parent teacher organizations (PTOs) at public schools in Washington, D.C. I examine the city's most fiscally successful PTOs, and theorize what their success means for public school equity across the city. I presented this research at the 2017 meetings of the American Association of Geographers, and am submitting it for publication in the summer of 2017. The map I've made, pictured at right, shows a) locations of all the city's public schools (black symbols), b) the PTOs that are registered as tax-exempt organizations with the IRS (orange circles on top of their respective schools), and c) 2016 median household income for Washington, D.C. (the darker blue is higher income; the darker green is lower income). The size of the orange circles reflects the amount of PTO revenue for the 2014-15 school year.