By Jenny Clarke
The New York City Council released its preliminary budget response yesterday and included a line that calls for DOE to set aside $26 million in funding to hire arts teacher to ensure there is at least one in every school across the city.
Comptroller Scott Stringer’s STATE OF THE ARTS: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City Schools report and advocacy have helped bring much needed attention to the lack of arts teachers at schools across the city, particularly in low-income communities (and more specifically according to his report in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn). The inclusion of this line in the City Council preliminary budget is a direct result of his actions, and was greatly aided by champions in the Council such as Cultural Chair Jimmy Van Bramer who is focused in on this issue as well.
Scott Stringer presented his report to the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable community at Face to Face 2014, urging attendees to use the data as the basis for advocacy efforts to increase funding for the arts in NYC Schools.