Now that HB1367 has passed, it remains to be seen how individual school corporations will be able to sustain programs that provide for a well rounded educational experience for the children they serve. Rebounding from the devastating effects of cuts to the general fund used to pay teachers who deliver critical educational experiences to children will be a serious challenge for public schools and the communities they serve.
Each school corporation in Indiana is responding to the $300,000,000.00 funding cut as best as they can. Some districts will be able to weather this storm better than others. HB1367 will provide some stop gap measures that will soften the blow of teacher reductions in force and program eliminations, but make no mistake, children's educational experiences in many school districts within the State of Indiana will be narrowed and depersonalized as a result of funding cuts.
If your art program has been cut because of funding deficiencies caused by the State's education funding cuts, please contact AEAI's Advocacy Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and AEAI will contact your district and encourage them to reconsider such actions.