Budget cuts and an increased focus on testing have taken their toll on the fine arts curriculum at schools in the Detroit area. Just 40% of Detroit's 172 schools have an art teacher on staff -- compared with 80% a decade ago -- and just 30% offer music courses. Experts fear the trend -- now spreading from urban to suburban schools -- will affect student learning, with research suggesting that students who study arts do better overall in school and are more likely to go on to college.

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