Jefferson High School Music Room – Photo: Eugenie Frerichs
With each passing day the movement to save and restore arts education in our schools gains strength and this week, Portland Public School parents and teachers fueled the effort with their passionate activism. CAN is working to finalize a long-term solution which will restore arts and music education in our schools for the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
In the meantime, we stand by the parents, teachers, students, elected officials and school district leaders who are working to save the arts today.
To read more about the powerful activism that has brought city-wide attention to the loss of arts and music teachers in our schools, check out this Portland Mercury Blog and the effort to keep arts teachers at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School.
And to hear from just some of the activists who make up the CAN Movement, read on.
“We have a terrific arts program that works; we’d like to keep it working, and we believe that starts with retaining our amazing arts staff.” (Buckman Elementary School Parent)
“I have been receiving your emails and appreciate the work your organization is doing to improve arts funding as well as expand the role of the arts in our schools. I am concerned about the teacher cuts for the next school year.” (Retired teacher)
“I have been very impressed with how motivated these parents are and how we all understand that we cannot just fund these positions but as a community we must work together to create sustainable arts programming.” (Current Art Teacher)
“What CAN is doing is a wonderful thing.” (PPS Parent)
Together, we CAN! Thank you for fueling the movement.