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So, WHY ART CLASSES?
"High quality, sequential arts education does more than help develop a sustained interest in the arts. It fosters the ability of our students to think in new and creative ways."— Hewlett Foundation Press Release 3/01/07.
Research indicates, however, that arts instruction improves children's skills in math, science, and other academic areas because of its effect on brain development. Offering dance, music, and other arts experiences also seems to contribute to improved student grades, test scores, and attendance.—Ellis, Anne. “Foundations Team Up to Fund Arts in Schools.”Fresno Bee 1/07/07.
But while education foundations — which raised more than $130 million for California schools in 2006, according to the California Consortium of Education Foundations — frequently help fund programs and activities in danger of being eliminated due to cuts in state and district budgets, they can also widen the achievement gap between students in poor districts and those in more affluent districts. According to Arnold Fege, director of public engagement and advocacy at the Public Education Network in Washington, D.C., students attending schools in poorer districts are less likely to benefit from foundations stepping in to fill funding gaps. Indeed, said Fege, education foundations often contribute to "private public schools in the making."