We’re overjoyed for our Chicagoans! Plans are in place to provide equal access to visual arts, drama, dance and music by 2015-2016. Additional policy goals include 120 minutes of arts education per week in elementary schools and expansion of arts education graduation credits to include drama and dance. The plan also calls on schools to have one arts teacher for every 350 students. The arts will be added to the Chicago Public School scorecards in the fall to establish baseline and identify high priority schools.
This is exciting development! We are not talking about one school or two schools. We are talking about elevating the role of arts in education on a city-wide scale. This is the type of reform that would truly prepare our children for success! Way to go, Windy City!