We demand that all D.C Public Schools continue to provide Art and Music.
  • Petitioned State Board Of Education, Washington D.C

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State Board Of Education, Washington D.C

We demand that all D.C Public Schools continue to provide Art and Music.

    1. Petition by

      Critical Exposure

From the students of Critical Exposure:

The current requirement in D.C. Public Schools is that every high school student must have ½ a credit of visual arts and ½ a credit of performing arts to graduate. The State Board of Education is considering changing these requirements. Their proposed changes state that each student must have 2 credits of visual and/or performing arts.

We are happy to hear that one full credit of arts education is being considered to be added to the public school curriculum. However we also notice that visual arts and performing arts are to be put into the same category.

This could mean that individual schools in DCPS would be able to cut all visual arts, or all performing arts from a school, legally. Conjoining visual art and performing art might mean some students will not be able take both art and music at their schools. We fear, given our schools' low budgets, this is likely to happen.

Having both art options in place for students encourages people to not only enjoy school but helps them to better express themselves. Without being guaranteed visual and performing arts we lose our ability to explore our artistic selves as fully as we would be able to would otherwise.

We are demanding that, of the 2 required art credits, a minimum of ½ a credit comes from a Performing Arts class and a minimum of ½ a credit comes from a Visual Arts class, so that schools will continue to offer both.

We delivered our testimonies and demands to the State Board on October 24th, 2012. We would like your support in helping us make our demands a reality.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Desiree Bayonet ROCKVILLE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I have seen firsthand the impact an arts education can have on students. Don't take that opportunity away from them!

    • Dominique Barron WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      These student leaders are extremely inspiring. Having the opportunity to experience both visual and performing arts should not be a luxury. DCPS, and all public high schools around the country, should put more support and resources into providing a variety of arts education for students. Access to the arts increases creativity academically, professionally, and personally. I support the development of the whole student, not just raising test scores!

    • Lee Whack WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Critical Exposure and its youth advocates are very inspiring and they do great work. The are a symbol of the power of education and the importance of art through their photography. We can appreciate a photo, but it can also illustrate a need for change. We must picture equality like they do if we are going to truly invest in our future.

    • Margie Hatch ROCKVILLE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Today's economy requires people to be independent thinkers and creative problem solvers. Arts education (BOTH visual and performing arts) can provide the foundation for developing these skills and many others.

    • Jennifer Boudrye DERWOOD, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Arts education is central to creativity - the true 21st Century Skill. Students need a balance of arts to reach all areas of their brains, and to ignite passions they may not have explored.


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