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2009 studies show music bridges achievement gap at IPS

According to America's Promise Alliance report, entitled Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Generation Gap, released this April, the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) average graduation rate (currently 31 percent) slipped from 49th to 50th among the nation's 50 largest cities this year. However, the IPS Office of Research and Assessment has determined that 78 percent of the IPS students Music for All has touched from 2004 to 2008 have earned high school diplomas, more than double the IPS district rate and exceeding the national average of 71 percent. "This ... is not accidental or happenstance," IPS Superintendent Eugene White, Ed.D writes. "It is the consistent result of discipline, hard work and purpose. These attributes are the gifts of Music for All." (Full story)



California - 50% Drop in Music Students During Last Five Years

Music for All's ground-breaking report The Sound of Silence - The Unprecedented Decline of Music Education in California Public Schools uncovers a 50% decline in student participation in music. (Full Story)



The Arts Are Vital to Young People's Success in School

Susan Sclafani, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education in the U.S. Department of Education, discussed how learning in and through the arts is central to fulfilling the No Child Left Behind Act's goal of improved student achievement. From the Education Commission of the States. (Download PDF)



Study Shows "No Child Left Behind" Curtails Study of the Arts

The first significant study of how the No Child Left Behind Act is influencing instructional time and professional development reveals that schools are spending more time on reading, math, and science but squeezing out the arts. (Full Story)



Governor Huckabee Signs Landmark Legislation that makes Arkansas the Nation's Leader in Arts Education

The Arkansas Legislature overwhelmingly approved a heavily amended HB1034 which will ensure music and art education is provided to every K-6 student taught by certified teachers. A major victory ensuring music and art instruction for 350,000 children. Governor Huckabee signed the the bill into Law on February 22. The Music for All Foundation, Americans for the Arts, Arkansas Music Educators, Arkansas Arts Council and SupportMusic.com led the way (Full Story)



Putting the Arts Front and Center in Education Reform

Editorial by outgoing Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Governor Mike Huckabee (Full Story)



Governors, State Education Policy Leaders Urged to Move Arts Education to the Center of the Education Debate

Education Commission of the States Chairman, Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has sent out an email to all Governors and state education policy leaders making a strong and passionate case for bringing arts education to the center of the education debate. (Full Story)



New Study Finds More Than 10,000 Arts-Related Businesses in Major Metro Areas

Americans for the Arts released today its first national Creative Industries Study , which analyzes in detail the locations of arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Full Story)



Report Says State Arts Agencies Must Change to Avoid Cycle of Budget Woes

State arts agencies need to change the way they do business if they wish to avoid a continued cycle of budget woes, a RAND Corporation study issued recently recommends. (Full Story)



New Study Shows "No Child Left Behind" Curtails Study of the Arts

The first significant study of how the No Child Left Behind Act is influencing instructional time and professional development reveals that schools are spending more time on reading, math, and science but squeezing out the arts. (Full Story)