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    November 6th, 2012: Your Schools,Your Decision! 
    The Volusia County School Board placed an important referendum on the November 6th ballot asking the voters of Volusia County to decide what level of funding they wish to have for public education, including programs such as the arts.

    Why are the Arts Important in Volusia County Schools?

    View tables and information below from the 2007-2008 12th Grade Cohort Fine Arts Enrollment Study

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    The more arts classes taken, the less likely a student is to drop out of the cohort group.

    For the general population, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.
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    Additional data shows:

    • For students on “free and reduced lunch,” an indicator of socioeconomic levels, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.

    • For students divided by ethnicity, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.


    For more information on music, the arts, and student achievement in the Volusia County Schools, contact the Fine Arts Office, 386.734-7190, extension 20678


    Cohort Study information provided by the Florida Music Educators' Association and the Florida School Music Association at http://www.flmusiced.org

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