Nearly 60 D.C. Public Schools started the school year without a librarian. Many others do not have arts and music programs.
Georgetown's schools pool resources into the Fillmore Arts Center to offer arts and music education at the elementary level.
But Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans thinks there should be such resources at every public school in the District.
In a newsletter Friday, Evans said he would introduce legislation, requiring that each school have a full time librarian, art teacher and music teacher. Evans opined:
"It is hard for me to believe that we continue to invest nearly $2 billion a year into our public schools (yes, that's "billion"), with the highest per-pupil funding formula in the nation, and yet have the worst educational outcomes in the nation. This suggests to me that our money is not being spent in the right places."
But at the beginning of the school year Chancellor Kaya Henderson's office said the reduction in librarians, among other resources was necessary.
The Huffington Post DC reported at the time:
"In these tough budget times, we have to make tough budget choices," Melissa Salmanowitz, a spokeswoman for the chancellor, wrote in an email.
The decision to eliminate the librarian funding from small schools “was not made easily,” Salmanowitz said, adding that "we'll use creative solutions through community partnerships to help staff the libraries."
What do you think? Are school resources being used wisely?