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The Arts Go Back to Class

June 08, 1998|BRENDA LOREE

More than a dozen Ventura County elementary schools will inaugurate a new Arts Advantage Program in the 1998-99 school year, according to the county superintendent of schools and the Ventura County Arts Council.

The schools are Simi Elementary and Wood Ranch in Simi Valley; Somis Elementary in Somis; McKevett Elementary in Santa Paula; Walnut Canyon in Moorpark; Ladera Elementary, Westlake Hills and Aspen School in Thousand Oaks; Dos Caminos, Los Nogales and Las Posas in Camarillo; Marina West and Rose Avenue in Oxnard; and Lincoln School in Ventura.

Schools competed countywide and were chosen for their commitment to using the arts. Arts Advantage will offer training in arts education and opportunities to implement visual and performing arts programs for students.

"The lack of arts education has been the silent crisis in California schools for too long," said state schools Supt. Delaine Eastin. "It is time to turn that crisis into a renaissance."

The Ventura County program officially begins in August when each school sends four staff members to a special seminar presented by the California School Leadership Academy. The Ventura County superintendent hopes to reinstate the arts into curricula countywide in the 1999-2000 school year.

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