I know I will be checking Bunki's site often throughout this next year. It sure would be great if her entire site could be moved somewhere else on the web. I shared this with the other lists and decided to share it here, too.
Bunki went from full time art teacher - to almost full time math teacher only teaching 2 art classes a day. Fortunately, Bunki had a back-up plan and could also teach math. Let this be a lesson to all of you - have duel certification. States all across the country are pairing down their fine art requirements for elementary and middle school. The state of Ohio never has required an elementary art specialist - and ten years ago, dropped the requirement for middle schools. In the absence of a specialist, classroom teachers are supposed to teach art, but you know how that can be..... Middle school only has to offer one fine art. Music wins in many schools.
One Getty list member posted that we need to "stick together" (different context, but it fits here).
Be an advocate for the visual arts. The only way to prevent more budget cuts in education is to support higher taxes! Our governor was actually encouraging voters to defeat levies for new buildings, etc. The state of Ohio has a program where it will match funds generated by the school district. One local district has buildings in great need of repair or replacement, but the levy did indeed go down in defeat. The government here has presented public employees as the evil ones...."making huge salaries and having too many benefits".... Ha! School employees are losing their collective bargaining rights. School districts in financial trouble will be able to dismiss staff solely because they make more money than a new hire. Seniority will be out the window. Teachers will be paid based on the performance of their students. On what standards will they evaluate art? Is this fair? I assure you, with these changes, the best and the brightest will not be going
I know political posts are taboo on this list. This is not political. It is survival. Governments have no problem cutting programs/dollars that benefit the poor or education.... Yes, money is tight. Revenue needs to be INCREASED. When your school seeks money from the voters - go out there and show your support. Be active. When it comes time to vote - vote for (and campaign for) those who support raising taxes to continue these valuable programs for education, etc.