Coaches and teachers who run other extracurricular activities say they’re concerned students won’t be able to raise enough money without one of the most popular avenues of teenage fundraising. I’m wondering if Arlington’s taxpayers will end up stuck with a larger bill for their schools. A spokeswoman for Virginia’s Department of Environmental Services suggested that students would learn through having to come up with alternative fundraisers. But I think what these kids are really learning is that the government will shut down anything it doesn’t like. They’re learning that the left regards private enterprise and initiative with hostility.
This issue reminds me of the stories we’ve heard in recent years of children’s lemonade stands being shut down or fined. If we want to live in a country filled with entrepreneurs and innovation, our children need to be free to learn basic business skills—and that can’t happen if the government keeps throwing roadblocks at every attempt of kids to start a little business.
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