In this era of high-stakes testing and high drop-out rates, public schools are focusing heavily on reading, writing and arithmetic. Some are worried that arts are getting short shrift. A report issued this fall showed that many Denver students, especially low-income kids, don’t get a high-quality arts education. The situation is so dire that money for arts education is on Denver’s school ballot measure going before voters this November. Van Schoales is the director of A+ Denver, an education reform group. He led the task force that compiled the report. He talks with host Ryan Warner about the state of arts education in Denver.

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Arts Education in Denver Schools: Envisioning Excellence