Friday, March 03, 2017

A Letter from Principal Silkey-Jones

March 3, 2017

Dear Perpich Community:
On Wednesday, March 1, two bills were introduced in the state House of Representatives to close the Perpich Center for Arts Education effective June 30, 2018. We are of course disheartened to hear this but strong in our conviction for the continued importance, relevance, and essential role Perpich plays in the lives of our students, families, and alumni throughout the state both through the arts high school and the innumerable outreach and equity programs in which we are a part.
The board government relations committee is taking these bills seriously and its members have worked together to develop a comprehensive strategy including but not limited to: testimony that a board member and I presented at a hearing for the Education Innovation Policy Committee on Friday, March 3, meeting individually with legislators, collecting impact statements, and continuing to engage in and champion the ongoing work of our agency. The students and teachers we serve throughout the state of Minnesota are the most crucial aspect of our work and we are committed to continuing this work.
I am confident that through our collective support, the importance of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the impact it has had throughout the state of Minnesota for over 32 years will prevail.
I thank you in advance for your continued support and advocacy during this legislative session. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. Please take a moment and share your story here.
With gratitude,
Ahava Silkey-Jones
Principal | Perpich Arts High School

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