Last week DC public schools super Clifford B. Janey released a three- to five-year plan to tackle dismal academic achievement. All the big wigs were there: Janey was joined by several other city leaders, including Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), school board President Peggy Cooper Cafritz and D.C. Council member Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3), who chairs the council's education committee.
Burried in the plan was some great, and long over due, news for DC schools. The district plans to restore all the programs. This Fall!
In addition to boosting performance in core academic areas, Janey proposed restoring art and music classes to all elementary, middle and junior high schools this fall, although he did not explain how that would be funded. About 49 schools lack music teachers and 44 are without art teachers, mostly as a result of budget cuts.
With news of the reintroduction of music and arts education in Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco… this is a trend we like!
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