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Christine Miles, 503-947-5637

April 23, 2012

King School to Participate in New Arts Education Initiative

President’s initiative to use art to boost student achievement

(Salem, Ore.) – Today Superintendent Susan Castillo commends Portland’s King School for the hard work and dedication which lead to its recent national recognition. The U.S. Department of Education has selected Portland’s Martin Luther King Jr. School as one of just eight in the country for a new arts education initiative designed to help turn around low-performing schools.

“As one of Oregon’s School Improvement Grant schools, King has been working to increase student achievement and better support student success. At this high poverty, highly diverse school, the arts have been central to that transformation,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “I want to congratulate the students, staff, and community of King School on this wonderful recognition and opportunity. Their selection for this exciting program is a testament to their hard work, creativity, and innovation.”

The Turnaround Arts initiative is a new public-private partnership designed to narrow the achievement gap and improve student engagement through the arts. King was selected to participate in this program through a highly competitive national selection process. To support their educational reform efforts, King will receive intensive arts education resources, support and training, and the involvement of high profile President’s Committee artists over the course of the two year program.

“The arts have the power to engage, inspire, and connect students, teachers, and the community, but they can also have the power to increase student achievement in other areas,” said Castillo. “Not only will King students benefit from increased access to high quality, integrated arts programs, but they will help further our understanding of the role arts can play in turning schools around and boosting student achievement. Join me in congratulating King for this well deserved and exciting opportunity!”

Visit http://www.pcah.gov/ to learn more.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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