The Arts are Back in Schools!
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This investment of Arts Tax dollars will make a tremendous impact on Portland’s schools and students in the coming year. And, while the most powerful indicators of the success of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund will be increases in student attendance, engagement, test scores and graduation rates, it is exciting and important to quantify the immediate impact on our schools.
Here is an overview of the teaching positions that will be funded for the 2013-14 school year with Arts Tax revenue.
For 15 schools and nearly 6,000 students (all in the Portland Public Schools district), this funding will mean that students who had no access to certified arts instruction last year will now enjoy arts classes every week.
For 34 schools and 14,626 students in the Centennial, Reynolds, Parkrose and PPS districts, this funding will mean a significant increase in the ratio of arts teachers to students and will shift the arts from a periodic activity to a regular part of the weekly curriculum.
For the 9 schools and 4,889 students in the David Douglas School District, these funds will guarantee continued access to a nationally recognized music education program.
Finally, Portland’s public elementary schools will exceed at least one national benchmark with this year’s hirings. That is the percentage of elementary schools offering some access to instruction in art, music, dance or drama.
Your support of the Creative Advocacy Network was instrumental in the development and passage of the Arts Education & Access Fund. Thank you for your interest and investment in bringing the arts to life for every Portland school and community.