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Houston District Struggles to Provide Arts Instruction

A few times a day, Lucretia Copeland, the art teacher at Herrera Elementary, wheels a red wagon outside to fill two coolers with water from a hose. Her classroom, in a trailer, lacks a sink, and her students often need to rinse paint brushes or clean glue off their hands.

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.