Does anyone know?
Here's what the District's web site has to say about the grant:
Seattle Public Schools was recently awarded a $1 million grant from New York-based Wallace Foundation to engage the community and develop and multi-year plan for introducing more arts instruction into the classroom. The Foundation's Arts Learning Initiative planning grant, which runs from July 2011 through January 2013, will support development of a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan aimed at increasing quality arts learning opportunities for all students.And, as we know, the District recently did community engagement meetings about arts education. Also from the District web site:
Beginning March 13th, SPS is partnering with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to host 5 community engagement meetings that will inform the final SPS arts plan. Arts activities for children and interpreters available. Learn more and register!Here is information about those meetings. The flier clearly states: "The work is made possible with a planning grant from The Wallace Foundation." The web site also shows one person with the job of K-12 SPS Arts Plan Project Manager. So we have one person on staff and five community meetings. Surely a million dollars buys more of a planning effort than that?