13. How will you ensure that arts education leadership and instruction better reflects the population of 1.1 million public school students? What will you do to ensure that arts education reflects the cultures, values, and learning abilities of students engaged in it?
My plan for democratizing education calls for bringing local control back to our schools. Since schools will have more of a say in the education of their students, CR-SP will be on the forefront of their minds. It is our diversity in our neighborhoods that make them vibrant places to live and I want that for our students as well. The arts are a great avenue for thought about diversity and how everyone has a role to play. Arts education should not be a stale policy that comes from my office but one that is protected and nurtured by the school administration and school board. The arts are a wonderful way for students to share their culture and their own unique identity.