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> what is considered a 'minimal budget'? Good budget? Average budget?
Japan spends $4.80 per pupil, annually, on arts education, Germany spends $2.40,
Austria and Sweden spend $2.00, Canada spends $1.40, the United Kingdom spends
$1.20, and the U.S. spends a mere $0.15. (source: the published summary of a
speech given by Michael Greene at the 1993 "Achieving National Education Reform:
Arts Education as Catalyst" Conference sponsored by Getty).
I don't know how he arrives at these figures, but perhaps the U.S. amount can be
used as a comparison point with your own budget? (If you're below the 15 cent
mark yours isn't even a minimal budget, and if you're at Japan's level, maybe
that's "realistic?") The vast differences between countries, regardless of where
the calculations come from, seems quite telling--Talk about food for thought!