Congratulations to this year’s HCDE Reward Schools for ranking in the top 5 percent in the state academically: Big Ridge Elementary, Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts, Chattanooga State Middle College High, Lookout Mountain Elementary, Normal Park Museum Magnet and Thrasher Elementary.
What do all of these schools have in common? They all have visual arts teachers.
However, the visual arts teachers at Big Ridge Elementary, Lookout Mountain Elementary and Thrasher Elementary are paid for by the schools’ PTA. Only 15 of 44 HCDE elementary schools have visual arts teachers and the school system only funds eight of those positions (five hired as visual arts teachers and three through Title 1 funds) .
Visual arts supports student academic success. Shouldn’t every child attending a HCDE elementary school have visual arts as part of their education?
Rodney Van Valkenburg
Director of Grants and Initiatives