Music educators agitato over bill

From Wednesday’s Oklahoman:

Music educators are sounding their horns over a bill they say will effectively silence music programs in some schools if it becomes law.

Their problem is with a proposal to double the number of required hours of physical education instruction to 120 minutes per week without providing funding for more teachers, said Wes Singleton, president of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and a music teacher at Lone Grove Public Schools.

Principals already have told some music teachers that their jobs will be cut if the bill passes, to make time and money available to meet the mandate, he said.

Read the entire article, and if you are so moved, contact your state senator about HB2574. OMEA has more information here [PDF].