Shaun Donovan

8. Would you support the restoration of per-capita dedicated funding for arts education in all city schools? Why or why not?

I support more funding for all public schools to meet the full range of learning and socio-emotional growth their students need, after the crisis of the pandemic led to interrupted learning across the board, and especially to deep cuts to arts education. My administration will advocate for the arts as an important part of each school’s recovery plan. I think the NY State learning standards for the arts, the guidance and about high quality arts education from my education team, and continued reporting on arts spending and standards delivery will together create the right incentives for principals as they shape their school budgets. Arts education is not a one-size-fits-all proposition; funding allocations should answer the needs of the students, with evidence of impact on students’ academic and social-emotional progress.

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