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RE: MS budget $100 for year

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri May 16 2003 - 11:54:08 PDT


If your district only gives you $100 then I would have an art program that looks like it was done on a $100 budget. I would make each child sign out every pencil and eraser and not let the class leave until all materials are accounted for. I would not spend one extra minute gathering materials, I would not normally gather, to make up the difference. When students and parents complain, say this is all the budget can afford. That means NO CLAY (glazes are very expensive). They can't make you spend your own money, nor can they make you use your own time to find materials. If your district has a curriculum that you cannot teach because you cannot afford the supplies, I would inform your principal and district wide coordinator what will be cut from your program because.you cannot afford the supplies. I would also contact my union rep. I would put all this in writing now. State your truth without judgement.

The other thing that might help, is to take your normal supply list, itemize it with the prices and add up the total. It could be that the person setting your budget has NO IDEA what art supplies cost, nor what you need. I know my principal lets me manage my own budget. HOwever, eventhough she signs the POs, she has no idea (outside of paint, paper and clay) the kinds of things I order.

Good Luck!
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