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Lesson Plans

district art proposal

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Ruth WIlson (RWilson)
Sat, 07 Mar 1998 08:17:52 -0700

The district my kids attend has a dilema. There has been in the past
attempts to have art teachers provided when a school chooses to spend
their money for this, hit or miss approach. Now they had a bond election
telling voters they would replace prograams that have been lost or
overlooked if it passed (art as 1). It passed but now they have decided
to mandate that all elementary schools will have to provide instruction
in art, music, PE, technology, have a counselor, and GT (gifted &
talented) but they can decide how they will provide this (either a
certified teacher, parent volunteers, para pros, classroom teachers). My
question is what do you think of this? Is it legal to have un certified
people working with kids on a long term basis? How are these schools
held accountable for district, state, & national standards? Won't they
eventually lose their accredidation? Our charter schools have full time
certified teachers in all these positions. Just frustrated and wish I
had ideas to help the upper level art teachers who have forever been
fighting for art in the elementary level. When they rewrite the
curriculum for the elementary level if it is written for any volunteer
they feel they will eliminate any future possibilities? Keep in mind I
know that the people volunteering have good intentions and great hearts.