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Re: argument for 7th 8th grade art


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 21 2005 - 05:48:15 PST

Do you teach in a public school ? A required / elective sounds
like an oxymoron. I taught in Kansas where if a course was
required, no fees could be charged. Of course we also provided
free text books and did not charge for the School Bus. But with
tight budgets I understand they are charging to ride the bus now.
Do other public schools charge for these things ? What has happened
to the concept of providing a free public education ?
                        Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

C Kerch wrote:
> I teach 5 thru 8, K & 1st Visual Art. Students in grades 5th thru 8th
> are required to take an elective, therefore they have to choose between
> Band, Hawaiian Music or Visual Arts. The cost for the electives varied
> until this year so what I got was those students whose parents didn't
> want to pay $200 to take Band and Hawaiian Music plus rental fees for
> equipment. Visual Arts is $100 with no extra fees so I got students in
> my class who didn't want to be there but had to because their parents
> didn't want to pay an added expense. Band was losing a lot of students
> to my program so this year it is $200 across the board for any electives
> but still no extra fees for Art.

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