Wednesday, June 22, 2011
New Jersey teacher keeps middle school ensemble together at his own expense after teacher layoffs (MSNBC)
NBC Nightly New “Making a Difference” covered the story of middle school music and violin teacher Nathan Thomas, who was laid off from his Paterson, NJ teaching job due to severe budget cuts. While unpaid and commuting at his own expense (and even after buying the school musical instruments personally), he continued teaching some of the students free at a nearby church on Saturday mornings, and the string ensemble, about ten players, prepared for its Spring Concert
In many public school systems, arts and music programs are among the first go get cut in the wake of severe debt-driven reductions following the 2008 collapse.