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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Protestors: Suitland arts program at risk

By Robert Samuels

A group of 50 students and parents gathered at Suitland High School before sunrise for an early-morning rally against a budget plan that would eliminate busing for magnet programs.

The school houses a performing arts program that offers instruction in music, art and dance. More than 90 percent of those students are not zoned to attend Suitland and say they need busing to get there.

"If you cut busing, you are cutting the program," said Christina Graves, the parent who organized the rally.

The plan was approved by the county's school board as a cost-saving measure at a time when their budget faces a $155 million shortfall. The budget must be approved by the county and state governments before it is finalized.

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By Robert Samuels  | March 11, 2011; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  Education  | Tags:  education  
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The arts continually get no respect.

Posted by: linroy62 | March 11, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I am all for magnet schools, and have even worked in one, but I do not believe that busing should be the taxpayers responsibility. If you choose to send your child to an out of area school, then you should be responsible for getting them to and from school. I think this should be true for immersion programs as well- any extra service that you want your child to benefit from, you should be willing to pay for-

Posted by: pennv | March 11, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I am all for magnet schools, and have even worked in one, but I do not believe that busing should be the taxpayers responsibility. If you choose to send your child to an out of area school, then you should be responsible for getting them to and from school. I think this should be true for immersion programs as well- any extra service that you want your child to benefit from, you should be willing to pay for-

Posted by: pennv | March 11, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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