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In today’s society, budget cuts in public education are a trending topic. When budget cuts occur in the public school system, educators must look for a way to assess the importance of the curriculum. What classes or programs are more valued or necessary to obtain a well-rounded education? Art programs are all too often found to be of minor importance. Many school systems nationwide are stretching their budget by eliminating the arts. I, for one, disagree with this decision. In order to maintain art programs within our schools, we must emphasize the importance of art and expose it’s abundance of benefits. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act has established art as a core academic subject. With that being said, NCLB is an act that was put in place to ensure all students have access to an appropriate education regardless of race, gender, disability, or other discriminatory factors. NCLB sets the standard for a comprehensive education. …

Amy Pace

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