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RE: loss of required standards

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Elizabeth Paul (epaul)
Sun, 02 Feb 1997 23:38:50 -0600

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Ellyn,
I can't answer all your questions about California but I can tell you that
California does still have frameworks in the artS and p.e., and those
subjects (at least visual arts and p.e.) are required to be taught, to the
best of my knowledge. And at least some districts have standards as well or
are developing them. That doesn't mean they will re-instate the arts
teaching positions. If there is not an art or p.e. teacher, the general
classroom teacher is the one required to teach those subjects (as I
mentioned in the generalist/specialist discussion). Although I don't know
when this trend started in California or how the art teacher positions were
eliminated, I'm guessing it was when the budget problems started escalating
or one of our ill-conceived propositions was passed cutting funding of
public education. Funding for those specialist teaching positions was
probably cut as schools scrambled to fund other existing positions or
programs. Maybe someone out there knows more about this whole situation in
California??

Best wishes in keeping arts ed in Wisconsin schools!
-Elizabeth


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