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NYC Office of the Comptroller Releases First-Ever State of the Arts Report

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May 28, 2014

This past April, the office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released the first-ever "State of the Arts" report. The report found that, despite being widely considered the country's epicenter of arts and culture, when it comes to providing access to arts education in public schools, New York City gets a failing grade. The report finds that many New York City schools in low-income areas don't have teachers for creative fields like dance, music, painting, and sculpture.

Below is an excerpt from the report's executive summary:

Arts education has long been recognized by experts around the world as having a tremendously positive influence on children in terms of both academic attainment and future employment. The skills learned from arts education are more relevant today than ever before, as New York City’s economy is increasingly focused on industries that value creativity, innovation, and problem solving.

Despite these widely-acknowledged benefits and clearly established mandates in New York State Education law, the provision of arts education in New York City’s public schools has become both inequitable and underfunded. This result follows a decade of disinvestment and disincentives, and a school accountability system based on federal and state priorities that has long failed to fully recognize the value of comprehensive arts education.

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Read About the Report in the Atlantic

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