Dianne Morales

8. Would you support the restoration of per-capita dedicated funding for arts education in all city schools? Why or why not?

Yes, every student deserves equal access to the arts in their education. Too often, schools serving Black and Brown children are repeatedly underfunded, then required to use all of their resources to teach to a test, while more holistic education practices are thrown out the window. Restoring per capita arts funding would begin to rectify this. However, we should go beyond per capita funding and work towards equitable funding, where the students most in need have the most support. Wealthier students may have access to the arts through extracurricular activities, while lower income students may have much more limited opportunities to explore the arts. All students should absolutely have arts education in their public schools, but schools with more low-income students likely need more funding to account for this gap.

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