Plenty going on at City Hall today -- tomorrow too, for those interested in the fate of Reunion Arena or what in the hell they're going to call Industrial Boulevard. Today's council committees' agendas cover everything from street-lamp repairs to an update on DART's Green Line construction and that downtown transit study that may or may not involve streetcars.
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But as someone whose kid's about to enter the Dallas Independent School District -- like father, like son, so proud -- I'll instead direct your attention to the update concerning the Dallas Arts Learning Initiative (or DALI), which will be discussed at 2 today by the Quality of Life and Government Services Committee. As we mentioned at the end of '06, this is being funded in part by an $8 million grant from the New York-based Wallace Foundation. The initiative, overseen by our downstairs neighbors at Big Thought, promises to add "140 additional qualified, certified music & visual arts specialists" in DISD schools and make sure "every Dallas ISD elementary student ... receives 45 minutes of music & 45 minutes of visual art instruction weekly." Only, it needs a little more dough -- which may be hard to come by, given the city and district's budget shortfalls. --Robert Wilonsky