In a time of school district budget shortfalls, parents more frequently raising funds for school programs. However, some parents say their fundraising should be for extras, not core curriculum and basic student activities. In one New Jersey district, parents even tried to raise $186,000 to save three teachers from being laid off. "We don't want to be dipping into our pockets any more than we have to, but if it means saving a teacher or two, we'll do it," one parent said.
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