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While many states, like Arizona, have specific requirements for K-12 arts education either in statute or administrative code, data show serious gaps in policy implementation by schools and school districts. Complicating the situation is the lack of enforcement authority by either the Arizona Department of Education or the gubernatorially appointed Arizona State Board of Education. Not surprisingly, the more serious gaps in arts education access often occur in schools and with students who also are deprived of other education resources.


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