School Learns To Cope Without Art, Music Teachers

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It’s been about a year since public school officials in Lansing, Michigan cut their arts, music and physical education teachers from elementary schools.

School officials said the cuts were tough but necessary because of dwindling enrollment, less state funding and a low-income tax base hit hard by the recession. The move led to blow back from national arts groups, who said kids would miss out on a well-rounded education.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio visited Lansing classrooms, where teachers and kids are getting used to the new normal.


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