Here’s more news from the Center for Arts & Culture —J.S.

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Arts may hold key to pupils getting a job

The Scotsman, 12/14/2007

“Teaching the arts to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds might improve their chances of getting a job on leaving school. A report published yesterday [December 13] also suggested that studying art subjects might lessen pupils’ chances of joining the ‘NEET group’ – youngsters who are not in employment, education or training after they have left school.”

Hoping to Turn The Beat Around

Washington Post, 12/17/2007

Highlighting the commitment of the Manassas school district in Virginia to music, the article notes the detrimental effect that No Child Left Behind legislation has had on music and the arts, and says that “[e]ducators are lobbying legislators to raise the profile of music education when No Child Left Behind is reauthorized, action that had been expected this year but has been delayed until next year. They are pushing for more money for arts programs and seeking a requirement that school systems report to the federal government on the status of their music education programs.”

Mass. Initiative: Does More Time Equal More Learning?

Education Week, 12/12/2007

“While it may sound like a given that added learning time can translate to better test scores, research suggests that whether it does remains an open question. Some studies show that students do better when they spend more time reading or engaging in other kinds of enrichment activities. Others find only weak or no correlations between time and learning. Experts hope Massachusetts’ experiment, known as the Expanded Learning Time Initiative, will shed light on the issue. . . . Besides band and musical theater, the offerings include cooking, art, photography, step team, Latin dance, karate, cheerleading, art, community service, and an outside apprenticeship program.”

Measure envisions more arts in schools

Salt Lake Tribune (UT), 12/18/2007

“Responding to pleas for more arts education, three Utah lawmakers will seek funding next year to hire 100 specialists to teach music, dance, theater and visual-art classes in one-fifth of the state’s public elementary schools. Under the proposed three-year program, which would cost $8.9 million its first year, school districts could choose which of their elementary schools would get arts teachers beginning in the fall of 2008. The program would emphasize learning in the arts as a means of improving a child’s development in all subjects.”

Pupils to get five hours of arts lessons a week

Guardian Unlimited (UK), 12/9/2007

“Every child in Britain will have the chance to experience the arts directly as part of their school routine, with five hours of cultural learning and activity every week, the government will pledge this week. Ministers hope the radical move, to be launched in their Children’s Plan, will elevate the status of arts education and help to underline its importance in children’s development.”