This may be the start of a trend. Last month I discussed the decision to cut sports programs in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Last week, the board of California's West Contra Costa school district, facing a $20m shortfall, voted to eliminate its sports programs. Also given the axe were librarians, music teachers, and counselors. Private donors led by the Oakland A's may provide a temporary fix, but the budget problems are a long run issue.
Arguably, resources are being wasted in public schools. Thus, a solution based on private funding with no change in accountability seems unlikely.