Tying must-pass budget bills to toxic policy provisions has become common-place at the legislature. One disturbing provision in the E-12 bill closes the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley after over 30 years of top-notch arts education for students all over the state.
Perpich alumni, parents, teachers, staff, and legislators disappointed by this attempt to disregard the immense value of this statewide arts magnet school gathered at the Capitol for a press conference this week to highlight the Republicans’ attempts to shutter the Perpich Center without any input from the public.
After a difficult legislative auditor report of the Perpich Center administration, Republicans are exploiting their authority to defund the Perpich Center without including the thousands of students, teachers, and alumni in the discussion. The Perpich family also appears to be left out of the process. The recent audit report was meant to instruct the school and its board of directors on how to solve the administrative shortcomings to provide better transparency and accountability. Closing the school without a chance to address the auditor’s report denies the opportunity to learn to future students.