My school district spares no expense for the alternative high school.
Like we told our dd, "Just in CASE you don't get to be famous overnight, besides art, learn something you can use the art in, to make a living!" She chose education, but there are a number of other choices--museum curation, art and architectural restoration, art therapy, set design, graphic arts, advertising, forensic reconstruction... The jobs aren't hanging on trees, but if she's determined, and good, she'll find something.
PS: She has the "Why teach Art?" statement on her school webpage, for students and PARENTS who think that it's a waste of time, or a blow-off class.
Actually, I think 20 year old math textbooks are okay for everyone, not just the alternative schools. Buying new textbooks every couple of years is a waste of taxpayer money. Sometimes, it's necessary, but not as often as some districts do it!
#1 wants her BFA, with a concentration in photography.