When the budget cutting axes come out, soft targets are usually the first to get whacked.
A soft target can be just about anything that is not measured on standardized tests.
Like the Arts.
A lot of folks think the arts are a luxury that K12 can no longer afford. If you disagree – if you think an arts-infused education is worth the effort – then see what Cornell University’s David Skorton has to say on the matter in this recent Edutopia post. And note several links to related information on the right sidebar in the ‘Related’ block.