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.