Expanding Access to High-Quality Arts Instruction
Researchers and policymakers alike recognize the lasting benefits of participation in high-quality arts coursework and in integrating arts into other content areas. Federal policymakers signaled their support for arts education by passing the Every Student Succeeds Act, with its inclusion of the arts as part of a “well-rounded education.” Yet many states and districts still lack the data or resources to ensure that all students have equitable access to arts opportunities.
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