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Although No Child Left Behind has prompted many districts to focus on core subject areas and ignore or cut arts education programs, a new federal report suggests that's a wrong approach.

Released May 6, the report reveals that arts education might help student achievement in these core areas and is essential to the nation's future competitiveness—and it urges school leaders to try creative approaches to arts...

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