We are part of the core curriculum, but our program is funded through a
$10 art fee - and that is the only money we get from the board.
We ask for a additional basic supplies from families - usually $10 worth
(watercolors, sharpies, ebony pencils, markers - not a hardship in any
way shape or form for our kids - their classroom supplies are anywhere
from $70 to $80) but some kids would have and some not remember to bring
them to class. So we ended up collecting everything and holding as
Then the PTA started ordering pre-made kits from EPI - the materials
were horrible.. so we started collecting money through the PTA and
This year we were told we could only ask for $2.50 worth of supplies and
they had to be from EPI.
So we are losing a lot of what would have been available to us.
We cannot carry over year to year.
From: San D Hasselman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 12:53 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] art budget/student fees
I see the original poster of this problem is from California. I may be
misinformed, but I think your state and local districts don't budget for
art classes as a general rule. Here in New Jersey, we have art
budgets.Art is a core curriculum standard in New Jersey, so each student
must be exposed to an art experience with a "qualified" educator. Some
years are lean, others are good, depending on how the public votes for
the school budget. Our budgets are directly tied to property taxes and
voting for school budgets.