The Los Angeles Unified School District music repair shop is a treasured resource that serves all of LAUSD’s high school, middle school and elementary school band students. Thousands of instruments go through the repair shop each year to be maintained and repaired. Previous department cutbacks have incapacitated this shop to the point where instrument repairs that usually took one to three weeks are now taking three to eight months or even longer. Many students are already playing on broken instruments or waiting with nothing to play. In the next few weeks, two to three more people from the shop (including the supervisor) will retire and the Board of Education currently has no plans to replace these positions which could effectively lead to the closing of the central repair shop. Although some schools have tried to repair instruments on their own with other funds, most schools, due to debilitating budget cuts do not have the extra money to do this since it is not part of the allotted school arts budget. Every music student in LAUSD should have access to a working instrument. Tell LAUSD to save the LAUSD Music Repair Shop and hire new technicians.
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