Privatize State Fine-Arts Education
North Carolina is one of three states with a government-run fine-arts education institution. The UNC School of the Arts was created back in 1965 by politicians who thought that having a school to train musicians, dancers, etc. within the state would somehow change its stereotype as a “good old boy” cultural wasteland and bring cultural uplift to large numbers of North Carolinians.
The Pope Center is releasing (tomorrow, officially) a new paper that takes a critical look at the school and concludes that it ought to be privatized, thereby saving taxpayer money for other things and probably improving its operations. In this week’s Clarion Call, I comment on the paper.