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Archives for May 2009

Espresso Arts Education

Perhaps you're thinking that espresso isn't exactly one of the arts education disciplines traditionally found in state standards.Yes, that may be so. Nevertheless, if you don't know espresso as an art form, perhaps it's time to join the third wave. The Third Wave of Coffee that is.I think the best place to start with espresso art is with a look. Here's one for you:Here's another, a bit more traditional:And what the hell, one more:This is what is known as latte art. And yes, I can do some of it, but not all of it, because I use skim milk which … [Read more...]

Arts Education Cuts at Dallas Independent School District

Okay, here is a links to give you a sense of cuts to arts positions being proposed at the Dallas Independent School District. These types of reports are coming down the pike daily, from all different parts of the country. This one has a bit more to it as there is an interesting blog post and follow-up posts on the Dallas Morning News website.Ignore the title, as it won't do you much good, but take a look at what's coming up on the forum:A Possible Exclusion for Learning CentersHere's a bit of flavor from the piece: Posted by expressyourself @ … [Read more...]

Mayoral Control of Schools Circa 1983

In case you haven't heard, New York City is in the midst of a sea of strum and drang related to a June 30th deadline to renew the law that grants the Mayor of the City of New York near absolute control of the New York City public schools.An obituary appeared in the New York Times yesterday for Dr. Thomas Minter. Minter was part of a great battle of a sorts around the ability of then Mayor Ed Koch to dictate the hiring of the schools chancellor. It was a battle that in many ways foretold what was to come twenty years later.In essence, you had … [Read more...]

Can You Advocate for Funding during Cutbacks? Can you Advocate for Funding during Growth?

It's an interesting question, I mean set of questions, don't you think?You see, when we first started protesting about the elimination of dedicated funding for arts education, we were told: "don't worry, there is so much more money coming to the schools every year, Project Arts (the dedicated funding) no longer matters."So, in essence, it was that we shouldn't 't bother to fight for dedicated funding, as there is so much money going to the schools, that the point is moot.Now, it's the opposite: "how can you ask for dedicated funding for the … [Read more...]

Budget Cuts to New York City Public Schools

Yesterday, the New York City schools chancellor addressed next year's school budget. Today, principals will receive their budgets for next year. 

Even after the stimulus monies, schools are looking at a five percent cut. Those who established reserve funds, which are for a number of obvious reasons are relatively limited in the amount you can save for next year, will probably be looking at about 3 percent plus.
Click here for The New York Times coverage on the story.

Click here for The Daily News coverage.
An interesting quote from The Daily … [Read more...]

Changing Education Policy: A Campaign and Organizing Tool

As a follow-up to Jane Remer's piece yesterday, as well as the Arts Education Bill of Rights I posted a few weeks ago, here is another piece of the puzzle we're putting together at The Center for Arts Education.It is a campaign to restore dedicated funding for arts education in the New York City public schools. When Jane wrote about Project Arts yesterday, that is the dedicated funding we are seeking to restore. It is not only a campaign in and of itself, with a theory of change and logic model we've developed, centered in a first phase that … [Read more...]

Jane Remer’s CliffNotes: In The Absence of Policy, Wave Goodbye to the Arts as Education

We have known for a long time that the second or third class status of the arts as general education in our public schools would probably never change until some powerful people at the national, state and local level are inspired to declare them essential as a matter of policy.  Ultimately, that policy must be expressed and rigorously enforced through legislation that asserts the arts must stand as equal domains with science, math, social studies, English and other languages.  Then, barring a national shutdown or other Acts of God, … [Read more...]

People You Should Know: Sarah Cunningham

One day later, if you haven't already heard about Rocco Landesman being nominated as the next chair of the Arts Endowment, you must be on life support, in the witness protection program, or not interested.You're going to read a lot about Landesman: there will be the profiles, conjecture as to the direction he will take, and of course, all sorts of exhortations on the directions he should take.Forgetting about Landesman for the moment, I want to take the opportunity to recognize Sarah Cunningham. Do you know her? Well, certainly, if you're in … [Read more...]

A Memo from the NYC Schools Chancellor to School Principals

A couple of months ago, a grim picture for schools was painted by the Schools Chancellor. Then there was the stimulus package, with a central focus on protecting jobs of teachers. Then there was a budget offered by the Mayor which projected that there would be no teacher layoffs and that the NYCDOE was being protected to a much greater degree than other agencies. Predicting New York City's income is probably more difficult than ever. Fair enough. That being said, yesterday Joel Klein had a webcast for all of the nearly 1500 principals where a … [Read more...]

People You Should Know: David Perkins

It always amazes me how many people in the arts education community don't know David Perkins. Perhaps it's because he isn't an arts guy, per se, but rather received his Ph.D from MIT in mathematics and artificial intelligence. Perhaps it's the wide range of his work. There are many other Project Zero faculty who are better known, particularly in the arts education community, such as Howard Gardner and Steve Seidel. So, I wanted to take take a quick moment to highlight David Perkins, as I have found his work extremely insightful and helpful. I … [Read more...]

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