New Mexico School District Values Arts Education

New Mexico School District Values Arts Education

June 20, 2020

As the New Mexico Public Education Department considers a plan for reopening schools in the fall, Las Cruces Public Schools’ district officials are weighing options to prioritize arts education for their students in a post-pandemic environment. Under ESSA, “arts  education is part of a well-rounded education.” Currently, every state “recognizes the importance of the arts as reflected in rigorous PreK-12 state arts standards,” 46 require an arts education credit to graduate, and 43 have “instructional requirements” for primary school.