Funding’s impact on Denver Public Schools art classes, and quality, unknown

Mar 3, 2016 by

Report finds disparities in quality and little information about school-level decisions

By Yesenia Robles –

Almost four years after voters approved extra funds to restore arts programs in Denver schools, a report released Thursday argues it is unclear how the money is used and whether “quality” programs are available to all students.

The report from A-Plus Denver looks at how Denver Public Schools has used about $40 million designated for arts in the past three years — about $6 million per year from the 2012 mill levy override and almost $9 million per year from the one in 2003.

The report argues that because the district didn’t track art offerings before the funding was approved, there is not a way of knowing if there are more class options now or if the quality improved.

“While we know that funds went to schools for the arts and music, we have no understanding of how these funds either restored arts offerings or enhanced program quality because the district had no baseline of arts programs, no clear definition of quality,” the report states. “We are far from understanding the impact of these dollars.”

 

 

Source: Funding’s impact on Denver Public Schools art classes, and quality, unknown – The Denver Post

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