>Budget: First of all, let me say that I love having the opportunity of
>an art teacher. It is the best. I really feel that what we are giving our
>students cannot be obtained by them in any of the other disciplines. I
>that what we do for our students is very, very important.
>However, my budget is the worst I have had in 36 years. I teach for the
>Scottsdale School District, here in Arizona, a district where the majority
>the parents are wealthy and who support the arts in their homes and leisure
>time. They are great, the district is one of the best in the support of
>strong education, etc. However, I think that this community, the
>administration, and the parents are really concerned about having very
>test scores and getting their children in to the best colleges, and just
>don't see the arts as the answer. In the highschools they are allowed to
>charge an optional fee, but at the elementary level there is, of course, no
>such fee. Elementary art teachers are at the mercy of whoever does the
>budget at the individual schools. Elementary art teachers are usually
>isolated members of the faculty, not a part of the grade level teacher
>groups, and so therefore, do not have very powerful voices when everyone
>else is looking out for themselves.
>My budget this year is less than $1.00 per student per year, or $685.00.
>the way, I heard of a new teacher in the district who was given only
>for the year. She was trying to teach with broken crayons and newsprint).
>is awful and I am put in the position of always begging, which gets "old"
>very quickly for me and for those I am forced to beg from. Being in such
>affluent area, with very few special needs or minority students makes it
>almost impossible to apply for grants. I also, simply do not have the time
>to write one. I spend my lunch period setting up for the afternoon
>I am tired of teaching lessons with donated discards. I want to teach a
>sequential curriculum based on the National Standards. The budget or lack
>a reasonable budget should not be what drives your lesson choices!!! Any
>suggestions from you all would be welcome. It does, however, feel good to
>least share this information with a group of teachers who can understand
>relate to my situation. I am thankful for this forum.
>I also think it would be interesting to hear what kind of lesson loads we
>have. I have 30 classes a week of 45 minute periods. I also have 6
>different preps a day. What about the rest of you?