Va. Schools Feel Pinch, Pass Some Costs to Parents

October 4, 2010

Parents of school divisions are holding raffles and other events to raise money to make up for the loss of funding for extracurricular programs because of state budget cuts.

Instead of eliminating programs, a handful of Virginia school divisions decided to charge parents fees for their children to participate in sports and other activities this school year.

Parents also are stepping up fundraising efforts to help pay for equipment, travel and other costs.

The move comes as school boards across Virginia and nationwide trimmed their budgets for the 2010-11 school year, cutting jobs, salaries, activities and other items to make up for reduced state funding.

At least one school official predicts the extra fees may be here to stay.

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