N.J. to give all students access to arts education in public schools

September 11, 2019 | North Jersey Record

New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to provide access to arts education in every public school, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday during a visit to Paramus High School.

“New Jersey has reached a milestone of 100 percent of our public schools offering arts programs,” Murphy said. “That’s an incredible achievement that I know our state and our schools have worked very hard to accomplish.”

The growth in arts education was highlighted in the 2019 New Jersey Arts Education Annual Report, released Monday. Among states that track arts education, only New Jersey claims to have full participation among schools, according to the report from the advocacy group Arts Ed NJ.

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