MPS budget adds positions in art, music, phys. ed and libraries

CREATED Jun. 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Arts education is getting a boost at Milwaukee Public Schools.

The school board passed a budget Tuesday that includes an overall spending cut of two percent.

It also adds 45 art, music, physical education and librarian positions. Twenty-five of those positions will be in the arts.

"It's really encouraging to see that MPS is taking steps to address the fact that the arts are missing in a lot of schools," said Sarah Dollhausen, executive director and founder of True Skool, a nonprofit group that works with some MPS schools.

Dollhausen said it's a good start, but there is still work to be done.

"It's unfortunate that we're still not back at the 2008-2009 numbers when the district had about 135 such positions," she added.

She pointed out that art is critical to the learning process.

"It's somewhat of a tool of self healing but it's also a way to engage young people in the learning process, so they can learn the skills they need to do math and science and all the other subjects [schools] offer."

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