School Board Saves Its Arts Program by Establishing it as 'Core Curriculum'


Arts education hasn't historically been valued as a "must-have" in nationwide school districts. In fact, it's often one of the most popular cuts to be made when cash-strapped states want to decrease spending. That's because painting, music, and theater are generally considered “extras” or entertaining complements to education, but not core subjects. That view is shifting as educators open up to the idea that learning art-related subjects makes kids better academically as well as personally.

One school district willing to stake its reputation on that is Los Angeles Unified, which this week unanimously voted to protect its arts education program by categorizing it as a core curriculum. It also enacted addendum measures protecting the program from future budgetary cuts

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