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Field Trips: What Students Gain From Having Input Into School Budgets

“They really were articulate,” [Vallejo Superintendent Ramona] Bishop said of the students she met with. “I think I was underestimating my students. I hate to say that as a superintendent.”

The idea to spend more money on field trips — students also asked for new textbooks, yummier lunches and more afterschool activities — came from students at the district’s alternative high school.

“It was all about, ‘take us places where you take your kids, Dr. Bishop,’” she said. Students listed museums, college campuses and military bases as examples of where they might want to go.