SRVHS students, teachers fear arts cuts

District says cuts are due to enrollment issues

Cuts may be coming to the arts department at San Ramon Valley High School, a move that has some students, teachers and parent groups outraged.

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Posted by Ellen Frasheski
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Cheryl Yee-Glass is a first rate star teacher. My daughter was in SRVHS Jazz band back in 1997-1998 and what a wonderful musical experience she had. I would hate to see cuts to the music program whether instrumental or choral. They add so much for these young people. To think a semester Certification class in Life Guarding is more important than a music/art class is beyond understanding. I hope the SRVSD chooses wisely if eliminations take place. This same daughter was a Fine Arts Major in college, still appreciates music, sings, and is an artist. She had fine teachers at SRVHS who nurtured her well.

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Posted by sharon
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Bravo Mrs. Glass and Claire Rodgers! The arts departments at SRVHS are outstanding and provide something incredibly meaningful to students and enjoyable events for the entire community.

I hope the Danville Express keeps us posted on ways we can support these important programs. My kids and I attend the shows at the school regularly - these programs are something we can all enjoy.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Certain groups have been complaining about teacher salaries and benefits and advocating further cuts to education. The reality is that teachers work far longer hours than most employees in the private sector. In fact, their total work week time mirrors that of multi-million dollar salaried CEOs. Yet they are paid an average of 33% less than comparable private sector employees. While our nation is hard at work destroying its educational system, other nations such as China and India, are pouring resources into their educational systems. Our values are upside down.

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