Elementary Music Education Sees Huge Gains at Parkrose

The passage of the Arts Education & Access Fund will change that.

As soon as the City of Portland has resolved the two legal challenges facing the Arts Education & Access Fund, Parkrose can expect funding for more than 3 additional full time elementary music teachers – allowing the district to assign one teacher for every Parkrose elementary school.

In the meantime, thanks to Mayor Hales’ offer to fund school districts at half-levels while sharing the law suit risk, Parkrose will be adding 1.5 full time elementary music teachers in the Fall, more than doubling the size of its current elementary music program.

There are not many high school choirs that can say they have performed for the President of the United States. But the Parkrose Debonairs can make this claim. And with the restoration of year-long music education at every Parkrose elementary school, the District may soon be ready for an encore performance.

Parkrose’s Haiku Awake Showcases the Power of Arts-Integrated Learning

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While the Parkrose School District cannot currently afford to staff visual arts, dance and drama instruction in their elementary schools, they have forged some powerful partnerships with community-based organizations that bring the arts to life for Parkrose students during and after school. Haiku Awake is an excellent example.

Haiku Awake gives elementary students in the Parkrose School District the opportunity to see the Portland Japanese Garden in fall and spring, and explore the Japanese culture using their 5 senses.

Classes were presented with information on Japanese culture: Living in Harmony with Nature and Awakening the Senses, provided by the Japanese Garden Curriculum Consultant, Joan Kivitka.

Each student was tasked with taking photographs of their time in the Gardens and then asked to use those pictures as the basis for their own Haiku poetry. Both the photographs and poems are beautiful and unique reflections of their learning experiences and will eventually be published in a book.

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 11.26.05 AMYour Advocacy Makes a Difference

Last November, Portland voters overwhelmingly supported the establishment of the Arts Education & Access Fund to restore arts teachers to every Portland elementary school and increase access to the arts citywide. Please join us in advocating that Portland City Council act quickly and thoughtfully to shore up and secure Portland’s new Arts Tax. We want to ensure that it is successfully and efficiently collected and distributed to the classrooms and communities that it was designed to reach. Nissen operation http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/taking-20-mg-of-xanax.php taking 20 mg of xanax neurotoxic E-mail Portland City Council today and share your perspective on the importance of honoring the will of the voters and investing our tax dollars in arts education and access:

Mayor Charlie Hales

Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Commissioner Steve Novick

Commissioner Dan Saltzman

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Yesterday the Portland Public Schools Board unanimously approved a budget for the 2013-14 school year that will ensure every Portland elementary school student in the district has access to an arts education. Just one year ago, 11,596 PPS students attended a school with no instruction in arts, music, dance or drama. And today there are still 16 PPS schools educating K-5 students without an art, music, dance or drama teacher. As the only school district in Portland with K-5 schools that do not include arts educators, closing this gap at PPS will effectively close the gap citywide. And with that gap closed, we can focus on increasing access to a K-12 arts education that includes every discipline (visual art, music, dance and drama). Today we celebrate PPS for using Arts Education & Access Fund dollars to ensure that every public elementary school student in Portland has access to an arts education.

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With the Revenue Bureau reporting that Arts Tax collections are reaching $7,000,000, it is difficult not to get excited about all of the arts teachers and programs that Portland’s new Arts Education & Access Fund will support in the coming year. However, two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new tax nearly prevented Portland’s six school districts from including Arts Tax revenue in their 2013-14 budgets.

In March, Mayor Hales announced that the city could not distribute Arts Tax revenue to schools or arts organizations, as intended, because if the city were to lose either suit, the money might have to be given back to taxpayers. But that left Portlanders without the 70 elementary arts, music, dance and drama teachers that they have now paid for. And for many, this is an unacceptable consequence of two lawsuits that the city has said it will most likely win.

To his credit, Mayor Hales has proposed a solution – a risk sharing deal that Portland Public Schools was quick to accept. “The superintendents and I have been working to find a way to be true to the taxpayers, whose money this is, and to the voters, who approved the arts tax,” Hales said. “We think this does it.”

Under the Mayor Hales deal, roughly half of the $6 million originally budgeted to fund elementary arts teachers in Portland schools, will be distributed on time to Portland’s six school districts (Portland Public Schools, Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Reynolds and Riverdale). Of that $3 million disbursement, the risk will be split equally: $1 million from the city’s contingency fund; $1 million from future budget appropriations to the Regional Arts & Culture Council; and $1 million combined from the six school districts. The Portland Tribute reports that a bout two-thirds of the distribution is earmarked for PPS; one-third for the other districts. Each district will decide how it wants to spend the money which will be distributed in November. No further distribution is expected until favorable rulings or settlements have been reached in the law suits.

While agreements have not been finalized with every school district yet, the approval of the Portland Public Schools budget last night includes a staffing plan for at least 30 arts teachers serving every K-5 student district wide. This would not have been possible without the passage of the Arts Education & Access Fund and Mayor Hales’ short-term plan to guarantee its distribution.

“These decisions have been tough to reach, but it’s been a combined effort all along, and we’re grateful to the arts community and our school districts for working with us to find a practical solution. In the end, getting teachers in our classrooms will pay dividends for generations to come.”

Keeping the Door Open and the Dream Alive!

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In this Sunday’s Oregonian editorial, Susan Nielsen writes of the “confusion, frustration and legal uncertainty” around Portland’s new Arts Education & Access Fund. “As the first bill comes due this week,” she suggests, “it’s time to ask whether arts advocates’ good intentions can be rescued…”

While, at the Creative Advocacy Network, we believe that the resounding answer is “YES!”, we also acknolwedge that our work to establish a new public fund for the arts in Portland’s classrooms and communities is far from over. And we need your help to keep the door open and the dream alive.

To honor the will of the voters who overwhelmingly passed the Arts Tax at the ballot last November, we will continue working to protect and defend the goals of the Arts Education & Access Fund until it is successfully collected and distributed to the classrooms and communities that it was designed to reach.

Together, we can and will fulfill the promise of arts education in every elementary school, stable funding for Portland’s non-profit arts community and access to the arts citywide. Join Us!

Here’s how you can help:

1.   Pay your Arts Tax and spread the word to friends, neighbors and co-workers that you are proud that your tax dollarts will restore arts education to every Portland elementary school and increase access to the arts citywide.

2.   Donate to CAN’s Defense Fund and ensure that the 62% of Portland voters who established the Arts Education & Access Fund in November are represented in ongoing citywide conversations about the future of the Arts Tax.

3.   Volunteer your time and leadership to support CAN’s advocacy, research, social media, administration and program development.

4.  Join Us on Facebook for daily updates, networking and advocacy.



Updates to the Arts Tax Made Simple

Last November, 62% of voters approved a groundbreaking new funding mechanism for arts education and access in our community. Why? To restore arts education to every Portland public elementary school and increase access to the arts citywide.

Nissen http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/can-you-shoot-up-2mg-xanax-bars.php can you shoot up 2mg xanax bars newtonian viscosity If you have not yet paid your $35 arts tax, it is time. The Arts Tax is due on May 15th! Go to www.artstax.net.

Confused about whether this new income tax applies to you? These 4 simple questions will make it clear.

1. Are you a Portland resident?

2. Are you 18 or older?

3. Do you earn $1,000 in income over and above any Social Security benefits, pension benefits from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), pension benefits from the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or interest income from US Treasury bill notes and bonds?

4. Is your household income above the federal poverty level? (Don’t know? Go to www.artstax.net to find out.)

If you answered yes to all 4 questions then you owe the City of Portland $35 by May 15th. How do you pay? Go to www.artstax.net.

Your $35 will restore arts education to every public Portland elementary school and fund arts access citywide.