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What role do the arts play in your classroom, in your school and in the lives of your students? Do your students have access to music instruction? Visual arts? Theater? Dance? As school budgets continue to be cut, arts are often among the first programs to go. What will this mean to your students? My school lost our orchestra instructor and a visual art teacher this year. Not only did this have ab impact on direct instruction, it also drastically cut the number and types of electives available to all students. Special education students were a significant part of the school orchestra and now they have nowhere to learn and perform. Is this sort of thing happening in your school, in your community?