15% Cut Projected for Arts Teachers in NYC

After a historic rise in spending for public education since 2003, during which time the New York City public school budget rose from $12.7 billion to $23 billion, where at last count 22% of schools lacked even one single certified teacher of the arts, where there was a 31% reduction in spending on cultural partnership and a 68% reduction on arts supplies, all preceding the great recession of 2008, we are now looking at a projected cut of 15% of arts and physical education teachers in the New York City public schools

Art, gym, music and library programs would be particularly hard hit, losing 15% of their teachers.

Of course, this would be a hard pill to swallow, even more so considering the public pledge by the mayor and NYCDOE to ensure that the arts do not receive disproportionate cuts.

You can read more about this here: Ed Department Layoff List Cuts Some Schools’ Faculty By Half; Union Calls Projections Fear-Mongering, Rachel Monahan, February 28th, New York Daily News