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[Music Education] Senate Bill 101


Please distribute this information as widely as possible among your
constituents.  Senate Bill 101, presently referred to the Education
Committee, proposes to change the law so that school boards may, after a
public hearing, request a waiver from the DPI regarding state school law.
DPI will be required to grant such a waiver.  This would mean release from
the 20 standards, which includes requiring music and art in K-6 and
electives in 7-12.  A separate clause also prohibits DPI from granting a
waiver that would exempt districts from the revenue limits.  

There will be a hearing on March 22 at 1:00 in room 300SE in the Capitol.
Anyone wishing to testify against or in favor should be there.  Parents
would be especially valuable.  It is vital that legislators hear from the
public.  If you cannot attend, a letter, phone call, or email to your
legislator would be very important.  

Mel Pontious
State Fine Arts Consultant
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
FAX 608/266-1965