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Re: Education Cuts


From: Marcia Scurfield (mkscurfield_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 09 2002 - 19:11:48 PDT

I was so proud of the Wichita community when about two years ago they decided to fund a large bond issue and have first class schools. Art teachers who have been on carts forever will have state-of-the-art art rooms. The airconditioning was just a small part of the total renovations. Having worked in airconditioned and unairconditioned schools I can honestly say that much more learning takes place when students and teachers aren't miserable. Kansas doesn't fund their art teachers nearly as well as New York. I see 850 students a week (I'm a .9 contract--Thursday mornings off) and my supply budget is less than $1 per child for the year. For comparison, about a dozen years ago in Vero Beach, Florida I saw about 650 students per week and as the new person in the district I had the worst schedule. I've never in my teaching career--Ohio, Florida or Kansas--had an adequate budget where I wasn't buying supplies from my own pocket and being a major scavenger for "free stuff." One of the down sides to going to the NAEA in Miami was talking to teachers who saw 4 50 minute classes per day and had supply budgets of $5400. However, I know it's not a good idea to compare oneself with others--there are always people who are in better and worse shape than you.

Counting my blessings and praying for the legislature to see the light--
Marcia, Derby, KS
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  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 6:57 AM
  Subject: Re: Education Cuts

  In a message dated 04/07/2002 9:11:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

    I would not have believed it before moving here, but Kansas gets very HOT in the summer. Teachers return go in mid-August and are done by the end of May. It is very miserable from mid-August to the end of September and often from mid-April to the end of May. Then there is summer school, which would be impossible without airconditioning. These bond issues were passed when the economy was good (last year?). These are totally different monies from what is spent to run the

  Sounds like Kansas is really in better shape with the air-conditioning than we are in NY. Our school year ends the last week in June (around the 27th) and it is HOT in NY from at least mid-May through June. We return usually the day after Labor Day and if Indian Summer kicks in - we are sweating through Sept-mid Oct. Summer school on the 3rd floor of an unairconditioned school must be brutal.

  My point was: too bad the monies passed for the frills (and I consider air-conditioning a frill) can't be used toward keeping teachers and support staff from losing their jobs. Rather see art programs and art supplies remain intact.
  Susan on Long Island ---