[Some educators believe disadvantaged children] shouldn’t go on field trips and do music because they have to do basic skills. That is said without understanding that it is through all those experiences that kids develop the knowledge and background information kids of college-educated parents already have. You can’t just sit in the classroom and teach basic skills and assume kids are going to be developing the rich knowledge they need in order to read complex texts later on. (From an Interview with Lisa Delpit)

Underserved Students. Studies find that students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners, and students with special needs—often underserved in public schools—show the greatest relative improvement in academic achievement when participating in the arts. Research also finds that English language learners are significantly more likely to pursue a college degree if they attend an arts-rich high school (Catterall, 2009). (ArtsEdSearch Research Overview)

Title 1 Funds

Federal Title 1 funds provide financial assistance to schools with large numbers of poor and economically disadvantaged children.

Flexibility in Federal Education Funds

Equity & Access to Arts Education

Issues of Equity and Access are hot topics in contemporary discussions of Arts Education. We know that economically disadvantaged students are the most likely to benefit from access to Arts Education, and also the least likely to have access to Arts Education.

Benefits of the Arts for Economically Disadvantaged Students