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Wake County to discuss state of school arts programs

Music teacher Todd Miller conducts as the Apex High School Orchestra plays during their first-period class at the school on Nov. 20, 2014. Several orchestra members had shown up at Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting to lobby for more middle school and high school strings programs in the district.
Music teacher Todd Miller conducts as the Apex High School Orchestra plays during their first-period class at the school on Nov. 20, 2014. Several orchestra members had shown up at Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting to lobby for more middle school and high school strings programs in the district. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school board’s student achievement committee will talk Monday about the state of arts education in North Carolina’s largest school system.

The agenda for Monday’s committee meeting includes results of a staff review of Wake’s K-12 arts program. The review was conducted after school board member Bill Fletcher, the chair of the achievement committee, requested the review at the August committee meeting.

A year ago, arts supporters pleaded with the school board to add more strings programs at a time when most Wake middle and high schools no longer have orchestras.

Other topics Monday include:

▪ An update on Wake’s implementation of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), which describes the ways the school system will support the needs of its students to help them academically;

▪ An update on the Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) program that allows students to get credit for some high school courses without having to put in the seat time. Students need to pass tests to get the credit.

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