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State Comptroller Says City Public Schools Falling Short in Arts Education

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The state comptroller says that city public schools are falling short in arts education.

An investigation found that schools failed in some way to meet standards set by the state Department of Education nearly two-thirds of the time.

That could be because teachers were not specifically certified to teach art, because schools couldn't prove that their students were getting three hours of art classes a week, or because the classes didn't have an approved syllabus.

The report is based on a random sampling of several hundred high school students across the city.

The Department of Education called the conclusions of the audit misguided because many of the violations were based on unclear documentation rules.

A spokesman for the DOE said, in part, "Study after study shows how critical an arts education is to prepare students for college and career. And we are committed to continuing to make sure that every student receives a high-quality arts education."

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