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Houston District Struggles To Provide Instruction In Arts

“It’s a tough situation,” she said. “But I refuse to not teach everything I can. I know these kids will not get it on the outside.”

Copeland teaches in the Houston Independent School District, where students are not guaranteed specialized art and music classes – a contrast to their counterparts in many of the area’s larger suburban districts.

One official said HISD’s fine arts offerings may fall short of requirements in state law. “I’ve been in meetings with higher-ups and I’ve mentioned that, but I don’t know how serious they might take that assertion that we’re out of compliance,” said Walter Smith Jr., the district’s fine arts director,