The school where I teach art will be expanding (almost doubling) the
number of students as well as going up to 8th instead of 6th grade.
However, the principal has only tentatively planned for only a two-tenths
addition of art and about the same increase in music and phy ed. Yet he
has big plans for adding a science lab person, etc. The principal is
incredibly focused on the "fundamentals" and has said that there is no
more money available for expanding the arts positions, even though he is
aware that no one will teach on such meager position amounts. He claims
to be in favor of the arts and has told me so, but I am not seeing it in
I don't think he truly understands how the arts help increase performance
in other areas. Does anyone have some articles or statistics that they
can share that help support the academic benefits of arts (or the losses
resulting from no or scaled-back arts programs)?