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so tomorrow i'm going to be participating in a bethel school district board meeting.

they're going to talk about the proposal to cut music from the elementary schools. i've been elected by the bethel music teachers to be one of the four people to speak about it.

it feels good to do what i can, but i'm nervous about it. this is an incredibly important issue for me - arts and music in public education is one of the politicacl issues i feel the most vehement about.

i'm not really nervous about what it is i can talk about the subject... i could go on for a long time and be very convincing. what i'm most nervous about is the fact that i'm going to be one of four people that have a brief time to talk, and my involvement was late enough that i didn't really have the time to talk to the others who are speaking to coordinate how we're all going to use our time. i'm not bad at improvising, but i don't want the time that any of us get to speak be wasted because we're saying the same things.

I have to remember to call Noelle if she doesn't show up when we're done.

yum.

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truthmonkey42
Apr. 12th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
Give 'em Hell
I don't understand why school districts even consider this kind of proposal. Strike that, I understand why...it just pisses me off...

Give em Hell.

--T42
pearllessoyster
Apr. 12th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Give 'em Hell
Hey now, don't you be giving them hell or I'll beat you up. my dad's on the school board. :p

and, more in defense of the school board... i doubt that they're actually sincerely cutting music entirely. the bethel school board is extraordinarily well run and thoughtful and from my observation tries to look at all sides of an issue before deciding. we're in some of the best fiscal shape of any school district in lane county. of course compromises do have to be made, but knowing the board, other things will be cut because of music, and if music does get cut back, it will only be temporarily. also... a lot of the time these meetings are just figureheads, they already know how they're going to decide but they do the public thing just to look nice. and there are always a lot of other factors at stake, and other influences... just ask my dad about the decision on rebuilding the stadium. he's still pissed about that.

ah, bureaucracy.
pearllessoyster
Apr. 12th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Give 'em Hell
also what i was going to say is that our school district has always taken music very seriously, and we've seen what happened in eugene when they cut elementary music, and i think they're wiser than to do that. i hope so at least...
lifeofmendel
Apr. 12th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Give 'em Hell
yeah, i'm not actually *too* worried that the entire program is going to get cut... i know that bethel has always been sensible about cutting a little bit out of everything as opposed to sacrficing one thing, which i think is a healthy attitude.

I think that *this* proposal came out of some administrators who were looking for an easy solution and thought that the board would go for it not knowing that three or four of the board members are big music supporters/parents. So this meeting could very well be a necessary formality.

i'm not going in there with that idea, though. i still want to make sure i know my shit so that i can best represent and communicate my thoughts on the issue. It'll be good practice for me for the future when i'm sure this will come up again.
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