On Wednesday, January 20th, the Manhattan Beach School Board will hold a Budget Workshop (click HERE for details).
Conversations during the workshop directly relate to the recommendations that will frame the rest of the budget process.
Scroll down for more in-depth information, but simply put, our nationally recognized program is in jeopardy.
The Music Program needs your help! Click HERE to submit a public comment for the School Board to consider.
Every comment makes a big difference. Even if you submitted a comment earlier in the year or last spring, your voice is needed once again.
Please speak up in favor of the Music Program by 2pm on 1/20!
Here are some reasons continued and increased funding should be given to the Music Program:
• The program is still reeling from the cuts made last year. Unlike many other areas, those cuts were not fully rescinded.
• While MBEF provides crucial contributions to the music program, only 5 cents of every dollar donated to MBEF went to music for the 2020-21 school year.
• Music classes provide much needed academic, social and emotional benefits to students. The data on this is clear, and well-established. It is an overwhelming, factual, and lived sentiment that nonetheless must be repeated.
Below you will find tips, resources, and more information.
To submit a comment, please click on this LINK, and reference Agenda item B1 (“MBUSD 2021-2022 Budget”).
The Workshop begins at 5pm. It is recommended that comments be submitted before 2pm.
Thank you for your crucial support of the Music Program!
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Nearly a year ago, cuts to the music program raised alarm within the Manhattan Beach community, and a report was commissioned to examine the state of our music program.
That report was made public, and thanks in part to the heartfelt and serious appeals by students, parents, community members, extended family and music supporters far and wide, the Board moved to form a music subcommittee (more about the status of those efforts can be found below).
That committee is poised to share its findings with the Board shortly, but once again the Music Program is asking for your help.
On January 20th, the Board of Trustees will hold a Budget Workshop. Simply put, what ends up on a cut list later has its roots in this workshop.
Some cuts imposed on the music program last year were not rescinded (a recap of that history can be found HERE). We believe the Music Program cannot survive any additional cuts.
We further believe that there are sound reasons why the District should financially support its music program (read more HERE).
If you agree, we need your help! Share with the Board your reasons for valuing the music program, and your thoughts on why it is deserving of continued, or even increased, financial support.
Some tips on submitting public comment, including a suggested template, are included below.
It is important to bring your own unique voice, experience and perspective to the board.
We also encourage each individual to speak up by submitting their own public comment. A parent’s reasons for valuing the program are often different from a student’s.
Our hope is that all interested voices will be shared and heard.
If there was ever a day when having music class was important to you, please raise your voice now, and share the value of the Music Program with the School Board!