That post I wrote yesterday about a district that values arts education? I take it all back. I just saw the proposed budget cuts to make up for a potential $4 million shortfall in state funding. Among other things, it includes starting beginning band in sixth grade instead of fifth grade, and cutting eighth grade music lessons.
I understand the need to find savings to make up for a deficit, but is cutting seven administrative positions versus 43 positions directly related to instruction the answer? No. Schools systems are ridiculously top-heavy, and the cuts need to start from the top down.
The answer is not more money. The answer is spending what you have with discretion.
© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2011