When the categorical funding line for arts education in the New York City Public Schools was eliminated, essentially to “empower the principals” and to increase the total budget available to each school, a good friend and colleague of mine who works for the local district said: “money is policy.”
Short and sweet – don’t ya think?
And let’s be clear here, we’re not talking about soft money, which tends to be relatively small and short-term.
We’re talking about good old fashioned tax levy money, real-deal school dollars. The kind that is in increasingly short supply
There are many who will take issue with this. The arguments against this statement center on money not necessarily changing anything for the long haul, and in the absence of more thoughtful structures that give context and meaning to the funding, the long-term intentions behind the change brought about by funding tend to be evanescent. Read the rest of this entry »