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Schools - Why The Cities And Towns Have Fund Raisers

Updated on March 26, 2012
The future generation -- will school help them succeed or fail because of budget cuts?
The future generation -- will school help them succeed or fail because of budget cuts? | Source

The various forms that parents complete when their children first begin school all have the section where you check of our race or color. This section assists both the federal, state and local government determine where special funds and grants will be distributed. I don't necessarily agree with method though that is how those decisions have been made for years.

That my friends is the reasons schools need to have numerous fundraisers. Fundraising assists the schools in getting books, classroom supplies, research material and funds the field trips the teachers would like to partake in throughout the year.

The budget cuts have the domino effect, federal government makes budget cuts, causing the state government and local governments to follow suit. Losing the special funds and grants the state government has to make budget cuts and this causes the local government to follow suit. Local governments rely the aid from both federal and state funds, when those aren't available and budget cuts are required the schools funds are cut too. Many schools lose funding for the art, music, computer and library departments. Some schools have to cut out programs completely.

In 2011 alone, nation wide, 31 special funding / grant programs were eliminate, 9 programs, were cut, higher education policies changed and other programs were effected. The federal government either eliminated or cut back on funds to help balance the budget yet, at what expense. The expense of our children and in some cases, our expense. The programs they eliminated are now costing us more money because of the assistance we would have once received is no longer available.


  • School Improvement Grants
  • High School Graduation Initiative
  • Mathematics and Science Partnerships
  • Foreign Language Assistance
  • Race to the Top
  • Investing in Innovation Fund
  • Teaching of Traditional American History
  • School Leadership
  • Arts in Education
  • Excellence in economic education
  • FIE programs of national Significance
  • Ready-to-Learn television
  • Advanced Placement
  • Promise Neighborhoods
  • Alcohol Abuse Reduction
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program
  • Civic Education
  • Special Olympics Education programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation Demonstration and Training programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
  • Strengthening Predominantly Black Institutions
  • Strengthening Asian American Pacific Islander Institutions
  • Strengthening Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions
  • Strengthening Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions
  • Strengthening Tribal Colleges
  • International Education and Foreign Language Overseas Programs
  • Institute for International Public Policy
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsec. Ed. (FIPSE)
  • Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual
  • Javits Fellowships

Programs Cut

  • Title I Evaluation
  • State Grants for Improving Teacher Quality
  • Education for Native Hawaiians
  • Alaska Native Education Equity
  • Comprehensive Centers
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Programs
  • Pell Grants cut by 10% yet maintains the $5,550 max award. There are various amendments on file.
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Strengthening Historically Black Colleges

College Education Amendments

Sec. 307: Policy rider blocking implementation of the Gainful Employment regulations published on October 29, 2010 and June 13, 2011.

Sec. 308: Blocks implementation/enforcement of the regulation relating to State authorization and defining “credit Hour”.

Sec. 309: Makes numerous changes to Pell grant eligibility which result in reduced cost for the program, including:

  • Eliminating eligibility for less-than half-time students
  • Restricting eligibility to receive a minimum Pell grant
  • Lowering the period of time for total Pell eligibility from 18 semesters to 12 semesters
  • Changing the income protection allowances
  • Lowering the family income that results in an automatic Zero Expected Family Contribution
  • Changing the definition of untaxed income
  • Eliminating students who are not high school graduates from receiving a Pell grant.
  • All of those changes take effect on July 12, 2012

Other programs

  • In HHS, Head Start is increased by $540 million
  • In DOL, job training programs are severely cut, including the elimination of the $125 million Workforce Innovation Fund
  • All National and Community Service programs are eliminated, including AmeriCorps. Cutting these programs eliminated $474 million dollars.
  • The Institute of Museum And Library Services is cut by 4.6%,


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