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loss of required standards

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Ellyn Wenk (ellyn)
Sun, 02 Feb 1997 09:44:36 -0600

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I teach in a small town in Wisconsin and have been relatively
isolated from communicating with other art teachers and I find this
group to be very relevant. With that introduction perhaps you will
understand my following questions.: It has been my understanding that
when California lost it9s required standards that it was only a matter
of time before the art teachers, music teachers and physical education
teachers became history. It is also my perception that the quality
of education there then became very poor and that the people who
wanted a good education for their children had to send them to private
Wisconsin has a governor who seems to want to follow the path of
California in order to save tax dollars.
Could someone please answer these questions for me?
1. Just what year did all this begin in California?
2. How long before the art, music and physical education teachers
were no longer in the schools after California9s standards were no
longer required?
3. How did the administrations handle removing these people? Did
they just get non renewed? Did they all then receive unemployment?
4. Do the California private schools offer the arts?
5. Is this when all the magnet schools began?
The quality of education in Wisconsin has always been so high and
something to take great pride in. I strongly believe that it is
because we have been educating the whole child. I know that I must
have read this somewhere and I strongly believe it: 3The academics
teach us to live in this world but the arts are the reason that we

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