These are tough times for fine arts education, particularly in small, rural school districts.
Tighter school budgets and stingier state aid have forced many schools to cut funding for art and music programs — and, for that matter, sports, electives and foreign language programs. Class sizes are bigger, and payrolls are smaller.
And so-called “market reforms” like standardized testing, pressure school districts to gear curriculum and resources toward prepping students for English and math exams.
Fortunately for students in Perry Central Schools, the Honeycomb after-school program goes a long way to address the imbalance.