Monday, April 2, 2012
The percent of public elementary schools offering classes in the visual arts, drama and dance has declined over the past decade. That's according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dance and drama saw the biggest drop — declining from classes in 20 percent of all elementary schools to less than five percent in the 2009-10 school year.
Arts classes at the secondary school level remained about the same, though there were declines at schools with high numbers of poor students.
Speaking at a Washington, D.C. elementary school, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said it is troubling that not all students have access to classes in arts education.
The figures come after several years of significant budget cuts that have reduced electives at many schools.