ERIC Number: ED429029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education.
Longley, Laura, Ed.
This report responds to questions posed by school and community leaders throughout the United States about public school districts that have made competence in the arts, as well as literacy, one of the fundamental goals of education for students. Ninety-one school districts are featured in this report, but hundreds more were identified by state and national education and arts organizations as having outstanding arts education throughout their schools. The report provides information about how school districts developed and sustained arts education in the face of the enormous pressure to prove the success of their schools by accountability measures that focus largely on reading, mathematics, and writing. It documents practices used by the school districts to address staffing and program and resource needs. The central finding of this report is that the critical factor in sustaining arts education in schools is the active involvement of influential segments of the community in shaping and implementing the policies and programs from each school district. (LB)
Descriptors: Art Education, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Program Development, Public Schools, School Districts, Staff Development
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 526, Washington, DC 20506; Tel: 202-682-5409; Web site: http://www.pcah.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: General Electric Foundation, Ossining, NY.; Binney and Smith, Inc., Easton, PA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; White House Millennium Council, Washington, DC.; Arts Education Partnership, Washington, DC.