The Pros And Cons Of Budget Cuts

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School boards across the country have been struggling to fully fund art, music, and culture programs that without a doubt serve to round out the education of the country's youth. States such as California have faced major budget cuts. In 2008, California projected a shortcoming of $42 billion. (California Schools Girding for cuts under fiscal Plan) During a signing ceremony the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger stated, "During a down economy and facing an historic budget deficit we have to make some very difficult decisions..." He later warned local school districts that the cuts will impact the students (I’ll be back). California is not the only state who has faced budget cuts. When put up against struggling budgets brought …show more content…

Michigan, is one of them. Michigan’s Lekbery School District also faced budget cuts. Lekbery’s budget cuts led Lekbery School District’s administrators to make a decision regarding whether or not they would cut the music department. Lekbery School District examined their schools in order to keep their music department. In some schools, programs such as art were cut while other schools allowed their teachers to take on more responsibilities or workload. (How They Decide: A case study examining the Decision-Making Process for keeping or Cutting Music in a K-12 Public School District) Lekbry also spent some of its funding in order to make money. Some of the expenses include redesigning their website and advertising in newspapers. In addition, Lekbery School District administrators teamed up with realtors in a home improvement fair. The fair was designed to convince current residents to upgrade and improve their home instead of them relocating out of the school district. Lekbery School District also rented out its facilities to local organizations and individuals to generate revenue. Renting out facilities also brought exposure to the district and what the district provided for its students. Another way administrators generated funds was by teaming up with private schools in the area. The partnership allowed programs to “place a licensed public school teacher into a private school to provide instruction in non-state-required

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