There are so many studies that prove that when kids have access to arts education: music, visual arts, performing arts, test scores improve. When children are engaged they are more likely to stay in school and do well. Not every child in engaged by playing sports or doing homework. Access to the arts allows more kids to succeed by encouraging their talents and sustaining involvement. This is not a budget issue, as there are many talented professionals and organizations within our community who would volunteer to bring more arts education into the schools. This is an issue about time and importance. The district needs to make arts education a priority within the curriculum so that we can create stronger schools, better students, and a more successful school district.