SOURCE: Change For Arts High

Change For Arts High

April 29, 2011 16:56 ET

Parents, Students and Teachers Demonstrate at Newark Arts High

NEWARK, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 29, 2011) - There will a public demonstration from Arts High School, 550 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ at 12:00pm Tuesday May 3, 2011.

This protest will be led by parents, students, teachers, and alumni requesting the immediate removal of current Principal Norma Brown.

According to several students, Norma Brown's priorities are not safety & security for the school. The students feel Brown is more concerned with students wearing uniforms than ensuring weapons not entering the facility.

The parents, students and faculty fear Arts High School is not a safe environment to learn.

They fear another Columbine disaster could happen at Arts High.

Students can leave and re-enter the building as they please, without being properly checked by security. Last year, a student brought a gun into the school to prove a point. This year, a student brought a knife to prove the point again; still no security measures have been taken.

A group was formed entitled, "Change for Arts High" to represent a myriad of issues concerning faculty, parents and students for over the tenure of Brown's incompetence.

Here are some of the issues according to Change for Arts High:

CIT Financials awarded $10,000 scholarship and a job annually to a deserving Arts High School senior. The committee came to Arts High to meet Principal Norma Brown. She refused to meet with them, the committee never came back, and the scholarship was never awarded to a graduating senior again.

Well-funded performing arts programs have been dismantled and several highly-qualified teachers forced to resign, terminated or forced into early retirement.

For the past six years until today, the students, parents, former alumni and faculty of Arts High School attest Principal Norma-Fair Brown they feel has strayed away from the school's mission statement and has not encouraged student's potentials and their gifts, talents and abilities in the visual & performing arts.

Dr. Norma-Fair Brown has been the principal of Arts High School, the first public school of visual and performing arts in the United States since 2006.

Arts High School founded in 1943 in Newark, N.J., alumnus include, Tony Award Winners Savion Glover, Melba Moore, TV Star Tisha Campbell, Connie Francis, Jazz Musicians Sarah Vaughan ,Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, Larry Young Jr., Andy Bey, TV Producer and Founder of The Arts High Hall of Fame Volora Howell.

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