Dear Fillmore participant families and supporters,
The DCPS budget for the 2013-2014 school year includes devastating cuts for the Fillmore Arts Center, which provides arts instruction for students at your home school and seven other elementary schools. Over the past four years, per-pupil funding at Fillmore has dropped by a whopping 40%, and this latest round of cuts would force Fillmore’s principal to eliminate four of the five full-time teaching positions that remain. Those jobs, now held by some of Fillmore’s most popular, experienced and honored teachers, would be replaced by part-time, hourly employees.
Fillmore urgently needs a united show of support in order to demonstrate the importance of high-quality, diverse arts instruction in specialized spaces to our children's learning, development, and success in the 21st century. Please sign our petition NOW and pass it on!
Friends of Fillmore, the arts center’s PTA, believes Fillmore will be unable to sustain its award-winning arts programs in the face of these latest cuts. Please sign our petition to Chancellor Henderson to restore $300,000 to Fillmore’s 2013-2014 budget, which would bring its funding back to about the level it was at in the 2011-2012 school year. We see that as the minimum necessary to keep Fillmore viable.
Board Chair, Friends of Fillmore
Treasurer, Friends of Fillmore
Secretary, Friends of Fillmore