Arts takes center stage in Roanoke (Roanoke Times)

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Roanoke Times:

 Virginia‘s Roanoke Times (3/21, Harrison) reports, “After years of slowly drifting toward neglect, the Roanoke school system is working to improve its instruction in art and music.” While NCLB is said to “put pressure on school systems to show improvements in English and mathematics, sometimes to the detriment of art and music programs,” New Supt. Rita Bishop announced last fall that “she would make the arts a priority” and “officials say that a strong background in art complements other subjects and gives students a cultural literacy that will help them beyond standardized tests.” The district plans to increase spending on its art and music program to “more than $3.5 million out of a $149 million proposed budget.” The district also hired a central coordinator as liaison between teachers and the central administration.

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