Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sing Out

Yesterday, the Center for Arts Education released Staying in School (pdf), a highly anticipated report on New York City Public School graduation rates. A summary indicates that you may indeed be doing something meaningful with your life in art.

"High schools in the top third of graduation rates were more likely to have offered students an opportunity to attend an arts activity, such as a theater performance, dance recital, or museum exhibit, than schools in the bottom third."

The CAE report indicates that it is the simple things that matter. It recommends that all schools hire certified art teachers, "dedicate resources to support arts instruction," and "ensure school compliance with existing state regulations for Arts Instruction."

This report collides head on with Governor David Paterson's massive $3 billion deficit reduction plan for New York State. Education will take the force of the blow—losing $480 million of its budget between now and the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2010.

Tell everyone.

Sing-along: Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Wig in a Box

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