DC Public Schools: Restore Fillmore Arts Center's funding for next year!!
  • Petitioned Chancellor Kaya Henderson

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Chancellor Kaya Henderson

DC Public Schools: Restore Fillmore Arts Center's funding for next year!!

    1. Petition by

      Friends of Fillmore

Peticion en espanol

DCPS has proposed a budget that leaves Fillmore's award-winning elementary school arts programs with no hope of viability. These cuts make it impossible to continue to offer the robust curriculum and teaching excellence to the nearly 3,000 students from eight DCPS schools that it is slated to serve during the 2013-2014 school year.
Fillmore’s per-pupil funding has dropped a whopping 40% in four years, and this proposed budget forces Principal Latterner to convert FOUR of her five remaining full-time teaching positions to part-time, hourly jobs, which would result in the loss of some of Fillmore’s most experienced, effective, and beloved instructors.

The future may be "ART ON A CART" with a single art position and a half-time music position in your school, rather than the varied options children have at Fillmore to experience drama, chorus, dance, computer art and animation, ceramics, fine art, and more AND without the dedicated spaces (dance studio, black box theater, etc) and resources (a kiln, instruments, etc) that Fillmore provides. Your children deserve better!

We the undersigned urge Chancellor Kaya Henderson to restore at least $300,000 to Fillmore’s budget for next year. This would return per-pupil funding to 2011-2012 school year levels, and allow Principal Latterner to maintain current staffing levels. We also ask the Chancellor to lift the current ban that prohibits new schools from joining the Fillmore program – a change that would allow the arts center to recoup additional funding that has been lost through the successive budget cuts it has suffered.

Chancellor Kaya Henderson, DC Public Schools
Fully fund Fillmore Arts Center in FY14

[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • Delrica Andrews WASHINGTON, DC
      • 7 months ago

      I am a former student. And had it not been for Fillmore, I don't think I would have ever been as well rounded a person as I have become. Art saves lives and it enhances basic learning skills. While knowing your basics are good, art helps manifest creativity and an appreciation for aspects of life that aren't black and white. It allows one to become more open-minded to possibilities and change; something that is lacking in younger generations.

    • Anton Martinez WASHINGTON, DC
      • 10 months ago

      As a musician, without arts education I would not have been able to accomplish what I have done to this date. I believe that arts education is an integral part of a well rounded child's development.

    • sahra Ali-David WASHINGTON, DC
      • 11 months ago

      My daughter and son enjoy art, Fillmore provides them to explore their creative ways. DCPS my neighborhood, and recreation centers do not offer the programs Fillmore offer. Please don't cut funds away from our children. They are Americas Future Leaders.

    • Philip Palmer WASHINGTON, DC
      • 11 months ago

      The arts are what make homo sapiens into Human Beings--Hence the humanities. Fillmore gives comfort, joy and arts education to thousands of children of our city. It is essential to raise not cut funding to Filmore.

    • Kristin Carman WASHINGTON, DC
      • 11 months ago

      Because there is almost a complete dearth of arts in the schools. And no one school, especially campus schools or smaller schools can create the range of arts opportunities that Fillmore has achieved. And Fillmore is far more efficient. Suggesting that all schools for 200,000 provided to filmore can generate anywhere near the arts experience is simply unrealistic. Children will be utterly and profoundly shortchanged.


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