Editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune

President and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony

Thank you for highlighting the incredible number of students introduced every week to the power of music making by elementary music teachers in the San Diego Unified School District (“School music, arts programs on chopping block,” SignOn San Diego, March 6).

At the San Diego Youth Symphony, we are proud to provide students with advanced musical experiences that build on the music instruction they receive in school. The U-T story rightly points out that these arts programs, and many other programs, are in serious risk of elimination unless Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot measure to extend existing taxes is placed on the ballot and passed in June.

It is the Legislature’s responsibility to put the proposal on the ballot so the citizens of California have the opportunity to decide for themselves what is most important to them – continuing to invest in the well-being of the entire state through its public institutions or making drastic cuts to education, health care and social service programs.

— Dalouge Smith, President and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory