As a follow-up to yesterday's post, Mike Bell reminds us that music also suffers when funding for public education declines. For poor kids, anyway.
Reminds me of what I wrote two years ago about instrumental music all but disappearing from Portland's high schools as a consequence of Measure 5 and the failure of the state legislature to "muster the will" to replace money lost to schools with the property tax limitation. In that post the main villain was school choice and the resulting depopulation of Portland's poorest schools.
School choice might be of less consequence were more money available for schools generally. But we'd ultimately still witness the same glaring inequities in parent involvement and school demographics that are so apparent today in Portland.
When all the "good" kids and their parents are allowed to congregate in a handful of desirable schools, bad things happen. Even with adequate funding.