Save The Randolph Arts

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The Randolph Public Schools in Randolph, Massachusetts have recently announced that K-12 Music, Art, and Physical Education, along with Elementary guidance counselors, will be cut due to a reduction of funding. Many social workers and paraprofessionals are set to be cut as well. This is a devastating blow to staff members and a loss of an extremely important outlet for many students. Randolph is a low-income district where funding has always been an issue, but the pandemic has made this far worse and allowed for the district to justify these extreme losses. The students of Randolph deserve a quality and well-rounded education, which would be impossible to give them without these essential parts of the curriculum. We cannot allow our students' education to be hindered as a result of financial difficulties.  Many long time teachers are losing their jobs as a result of these budget cuts. Even with school days possibly looking different for this upcoming school year, music, art, physical education, and guidance counselors are still an integral part of education and mental health. 

The Legislature is exploring a 10% or 20% local aid reduction for FY 21, which would be a drastic cut for Randolph.

It is time to make a change and support the students of Randolph and their education. We are asking to maintain level funding of unrestricted local aid, and to maintain the increase in Chapter 70 funding for cities and towns as part of the Student Opportunity Act as presented in the Governor's budget for FY 21. We are asking for support of these vital programs that contribute to the well-being of Randolph students. Signing this petition will show Senator Walter Timilty and Representatives Bruce Ayers, Mark Cusack, and William Driscoll our need for local aid to continue these programs.

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