MIAMI -- Elementary schools without drama classes. High schools with large numbers of poor students that do not offer music.
Those are two of the bleaker pictures that emerged Monday from a report by the U.S. Department of Education on the state of arts education.
Fewer public elementary schools are offering visual arts, dance and drama classes than a decade ago, a decline many attribute to budget cuts and an increased focus on math and reading. The percentage of elementary schools with a visual arts class declined from 87 to 83 percent. In drama, the drop was larger: From 20 percent to 4 percent in the 2009-10 school year.