Schenley alums are out of touch with realities
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Concerning the Jan. 12 article "Schenley Alumni Push For Warhol School": Many of us wish Schenley had never closed, and the alumni group's desire to resurrect a vibrant school in the spirit of the Schenley they remember is understandable, yet the plan discussed in the paper strikes me as out of touch with the current realities of our city and its schools.
Pittsburgh already has a wonderful school for the arts, CAPA (where my youngest brother studies musical theater), that has had to cut art departments and eliminate vital private music lessons because of reduced funding from the state, city and 12 years of stagnate tax revenue. Arts education at other city schools (like Allderdice, where another brother plays in the band) is drastically underfunded.
A new, tuition-based Schenley would either benefit only the students who can afford private education, or, by following a charter model, benefit a small number of kids at the expense of other public students. The city has numerous new charter schools already.
A gift in the name of Andy Warhol should provide opportunity for all students of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, not a select few. It would be very well used at CAPA, which could re-establish lost departments and add new ones like those the alums have in mind.
Or it could fund collaborations between city schools and higher education facilities (in honor of Schenley's Oakland roots) to give all students new opportunities and the inspiration to pursue a college degree.
First Published January 17, 2013 12:00 am