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May 17, 2012 3:32 PM

Phoenix-area companies 'sponsor' classrooms

PHOENIX (AP) - More Arizona schools are turning to companies in the wake of state budget cuts and a rough economy.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/KhsX0f ) reports some schools are allowing private businesses to sponsor classrooms as a way to bolster shrinking budgets.

Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise currently receives $2,500 a year each from a cab company and a bank. A school official says the companies get a plaque on the school wall and commits to visiting their "adopted" class each month.

Some are questioning whether opening classroom doors to businesses means selling out students. Supporters of these programs say it's a creative solution for cash-strapped schools, bringing them closer to their community.

More school districts in metropolitan Phoenix are re-examining policies about advertising in schools.

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