LETTER: ‘Music & arts programs are currently inequitable across all Highline schools’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]


My name is Emily Black and I am writing as an arts advocate looking to support arts education in the Highline School District.

The state of music and arts programs in Highline are currently inequitable across all Highline schools. Changes for Fall 2020 such as boundary changes and transitioning 6th graders from elementary to middle school is dramatically impacting students’ access to high quality arts education and increasing inequity. Despite research-based recommendations made by a team of highly qualified music teachers and administrators, our district office leaders are choosing a path for our students that does not value arts and music.

The Highline Arts Coalition is hopeful to partner with members of our community that share an inherent value of the arts to work together in service of our aspiring artists and musicians. I’d like to invite any and all to a community meeting to learn more about the state of the arts in Highline on Monday, March 25. A link is included below.

Again, thank you for your support of our community. I look forward to our work together to elevate the artistic capacities of Burien families.

Our next meeting is on Monday, March 25 at the King County Fire District #2 900 SW 146th Street, Burien WA from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Refreshments provided.

Click here for March 25 meeting info

Click here for info on the
Highline Arts Coalition

Emily Black
General Music Teacher
Cedarhurst Elementary

Please support my music students!

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