The loss of school music programs affects all segments of the music industry and based on the performance of both parties at the national and state levels, it's going to take a continuing grass roots approach to maintain music and arts programs, as well as many other lectives in the school curriculum.
Editorial Volume 169, Number 5, May 2010 ® PUBLISHER Sidney L. Davis email@example.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER “That’s Another Rick Kessel firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Me Into” Christian Wissmuller email@example.com R ASSOCIATE EDITOR Eliahu Sussman arely a day passes when NAMM’s Scott Robertson’s “Your Daily News” newsletter firstname.lastname@example.org does not carry an item relating to a school music program struggling to survive a ASSOCIATE EDITOR district or state budget shortfall. Whether it’s little “Rhody” looking at a possible Denyce Neilson $38 million reduction in school services or Texas facing a 5 percent decrease to offset email@example.com a $4.3 billion budget gap, the arts and electives continue to remain on the back burner ADVERTISING SALES regardless of party afﬁliation. In 2002 the Bush administration introduced No Child Left Iris Fox firstname.lastname@example.org Behind which, in summary, affected what students were taught, which tests they must CLASSIFIED AD SALES take, and the way money is spent on education. Many critics termed it a “one size ﬁts all” Maureen Johan approach to education that emphasizes testing in reading and math without much regard email@example.com for elective courses such as music and the arts. Fast-forward to this year and the Obama PRODUCTION MANAGER administration’s Race To The Top, which continues to emphasize a national standardized Laurie Guptill test that will measure student’s “critical knowledge and higher-order thinking skills.” firstname.lastname@example.org Viewing both initiatives I am reminded of the comedy team of the ‘20s and ‘30s, Stan GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and the catchphrase most associated with the comedy duo: Andrew P. Ross email@example.com “Well that’s another ﬁ ne mess you’ve gotten me into.” After the tumultuous program cutbacks of the ‘90s, sparked by voter propositions restricting larger than 2.5 perce
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