By Candi Haas-Simmons | Pottstown, Montgomery County
Editor's Note: While the writer primarily focuses on the Pottstown School District in Montgomery County, the issues she writes about have local impacts, including in the Shenandoah Valley School District, which now only has one dedicated art teacher and one dedicated music teacher for the district's two schools. In 2010, the district had two high school art teachers, an elementary school art teacher, high school music teacher/band director, an elementary school music teacher, and elementary school band director.
As an art educator and parent in Pottstown School District, I too often find myself fighting to insure that the arts remain a vital part of our schools. Too often seen as less important, the arts are the first things threatened when the funding squeeze renews.