Our local HS tried this tactic and everyone reamed them for it, voting out the entire board in the next election. They wanted more money and so they sent letters out to all the parents saying, if the new funding wasn't passed they would have to cut classes. It was a tough time economically for this area so most parents (at least all the ones who continually showed up for the meetings) were okay with shutting down photography classes and some art programs.
The school countered by saying they would cut math classes instead. Assholes.