After several years of budget cuts on the local level, representatives of Kansas' public music educators painted a bleak picture of the status of music education for members of the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday.
During the board's November meeting, officials with the Kansas Music Educators Association said there are fewer music teachers in Kansas — and those who are teaching are doing more with less.
"We're losing music positions in Kansas," said KMEA president Craig Manteuffel, of Hays. "It's about not being able to have the same music education I grew up with, and it's disturbing."
According to information distributed at Tuesday’s meeting, of the 190 school districts that responded to a survey, 185 music education positions have been cut in Kansas in the past three years.