ABC 22 News Team
- Alexandra Lewis
- Amber Watson
- Elyse Coulter
- Hilary Zalla
- Kristine Frazao
- Rhonda Moore
- Wale Aliyu
- Nicole Grigg
- James Rider
- Ann Reynolds
Low: 44 Winds: S 4-8 mph
Tomorrow: Increasing Clouds w/ a Few Spotty Showers in the Afternoon/Evening.
High: 65 Winds: W 4-8 mph
Saturday: Lots of Sun & Fantastic!
High: 65 ...
As School Budgets Tighten, Music and Art Suffer
HUBER HEIGHTS -- Twelve Miami Valley school districts did not pass school levies during elections this November and that means the start of cuts in dozens of schools. ABC 22/FOX 45 reporter Hilary Zalla found out most schools decide to reduce or eliminate music and art classes first. But, why?
"Between reading, math, science and social studies, those are core components that we cannot reduce. So, what happens is other programs get reduced or eliminated. When there is only so many dollars in the budget the priority has to become the core academic areas," said Susan Gunnell, superintendent of Huber Heights City Schools.
In Ohio operating standards, schools must keep a ratio amount of all classes and positions. Gunnell said Huber Heights is down to the very minimal standards of music and art classes.
Huber Heights City Schools' levy failed for the fourth time this past election. The elementary schools do not have art and only have music class once a week. Similarly, Vandalia-Butler City Schools offer music and art for 12 weeks, twice a week, in elementary schools. It is the same story for many other Miami Valley school districts. The concern has become whether cutting these programs will affect students' grades or behavior. Most teachers in these schools try to incorporate music and art into their daily curriculum.
"What we're finding is kids don't even have the skills of coloring. Art is math, it's patterns, and if they can learn both I think that helps them understand better," said Dale Patterson, third grade teacher at Valley Forge Elementary in Huber Heights. Patterson spends his own money to buy the art supplies for his class and incorporates art and creative thinking exercises throughout the school day.
"Without music and art, they have no way of expressing themselves in school. If they don't have music and art in school, how will they get it?" said Patterson.
Chefs CornerWe often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes. Watch those video segments on this page.
Pay It ForwardRiver Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
Health Care ReformThe Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
Secrets Of A ThiefWe expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
Cool SchoolsOur children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
Town HallJoin in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
No Text ZoneTexting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
Washington TimesPolitics, Breaking News, US and World News.
On Time TrafficGet the latest traffic information and updates here!
School ClosingsGet the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
Save Local TVFind out how you can save local TV right here!
Raw NewsWatch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
Pump PatrolFind the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
Political PulseArmstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
News LinksThese links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
Menard's Around the HouseMenards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
On the MoveGet the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
Good MorningIt's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
Top StoriesGet up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
Your Voice. Your Future.As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
Waste WatchHow are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
Applications for US jobless aid up 2K to 304,000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
AMY POEHLER AND WILL ARNETT DIVORCING
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They've been separated for more than a year and a half.
DENVER (AP) -- One of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses -- isn't high on pot on the job.
IN THE NEWS: AMAZON.COM TO CHARGE TAXES IN FLORIDA
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Another one bites the dust.
Tonight on ABC 22
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... Grey's Anatomy
9:00 pm ..... Grey's Anatomy
10:00 pm ... Scandal (Season Finale)
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline