Stay positive young (er, middle aged) man...
Our school board met last night to vote on sending out preliminary layoff notices to over 1600 teachers due to a major budget deficit. They voted 5-0 to send those pink slips out by March 15. They get "finalized" 2 months after that.
Last year I was fortunate enough to not receive one, but I'm pretty darn certain that I'm getting one this year. Looking over specifics, there are 20 art positions being cut. Only 20, but that is double the number from last year, and there just aren't many of us left in the district, even one that has close to 10,000 educators.
It's hard to stay even keeled, let alone positive about the situation for myself and all the other younger educators going through this same thing.
I love my job. I love sharing the language of visual art with children and seeing what they do with it, how they develop a unique voice through their use of line, shape, and color. Not only do I love doing it, but I'm pretty darn good at it.
The rich and varied art program we have built up at my site could be effectively wiped out next year due to the drastic budget cuts heading our way.
It's SO HARD on days like today.