Teacher Survey Highlights Cuts to the Arts, Foreign Languages
By Erik Robelen
March 9, 2012
A new teacher survey offers a window into how schools are applying budget cuts they've experienced over the past year, from teacher layoffs to the impact on a few areas of the curriculum, including the arts and foreign languages.
Here are findings specifically touching on the curriculum, with the proportion of all teachers reporting the "reduction or elimination" of these programs:
• Arts or music: 22 percent;
• Foreign languages: 15 percent;
• Physical education: 11 percent.
Teachers were not asked specifically about the budget impact in any other content area. The data come from the 28th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. In all, 1,001 teachers were surveyed by telephone last fall.
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