A report from the Center for Arts Education says the city schools' funding for "arts supplies, musical instruments and other equipment fell by 68%" between 2006 and 2009, according to the Daily News. This is while education spending increased by 13% in the same period. While the DOE did hire 139 more full-time arts teacher, the stats are due to a reduction in arts classes. The report also says, "Given the extreme pressure schools are under to raise test scores, and the greater autonomy principals have over school budgets, it is not surprising that we are witnessing a shift away from the arts." The Department of Education doesn't agree of the report, but teachers definitely need help with art supplies, musical instruments and even funding basic things—check out the Donors Choose projects that you can help support.