4/3/2012

The number of elementary schools nationwide offering classes in visual arts, drama and dance has declined in the past decade, according to a recent report from the Department of Education. Some cite budget cuts and a greater focus on reading and math for the reductions of such courses. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, however, that the data show arts classes still are common in elementary schools, and there has been no reported decline of arts education in middle and high schools.

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