Montrose School District was in the news last week for adding more layoffs and planning to get rid of the bus system in order to salvage their budget. Now, PETA has made them an offer, where they would place ads in the school to stop dissection of animals and in return they would pay the district money that could help with their budget problem.

According to a recent press release, PETA sent a letter to superintendent Mark R. Kleinhans saying they could put ads on lockers encouraging students to stop dissecting animals and in return the district could receive funding that could help them with their budget problems. The ad on the locker would say "Stop school violence. Do your homework-choose not to dissect."

Personally, I don't think it's necessary to compare school violence with dissecting animals, but Executive Vice President of PETA, Tracy Reiman, feels differently:

"Encouraging students to cut up animals who often suffer a terrifying and painful death teaches them that the lives of others don't matter. Our offer is a win-win solution: The school district would receive needed funding, and students would receive invaluable lessons in compassion and good science."

I spoke with Mr. Kleinhans this afternoon and he doesn't know about the letter, he thinks he may receive it later this afternoon. I will try to follow up with him at a later date and provide more information. Montrose is not the only school district that PETA has reached out to, they have also sent this same offer toKutztown Area High School in Pennsylvania.

I remember in biology we had to dissect pigs, frogs and worms and while having to do that right after lunch was never pleasant, it was just part of the curriculum. It was another way to learn, besides reading it in a text book. It was also more exciting than listening to my teacher give some boring lecture right from the book.

So many districts are struggling right now with budget problems, teacher layoffs and future funding, do you feel that the extra funding from  PETA is enough to help these struggling school districts?