New York City budget includes additional $23 Million for school arts

Thursday, June 26, 2014

There was a position missing on the staff roster this year at P.S. 41 in Brownsville, and at M.S. 385 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and at many other schools in central Brooklyn.

"We currently do not have an art teacher," said parent coordinator Dexter Paterson. "We haven't had an art teacher for the past, this past school year. There's no funding for an art teacher."

According to City Comptroller Scott Stringer, one out of every seven middle and high schools in the city are without an arts teacher, even though they are required by state law. When you add in elementary schools, the number becomes even higher, one out of five. More than 40 percent of those schools are clustered in either Central Brooklyn or the South Bronx.

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