A bill approved by the Wisconsin State Assembly would require school districts to report the percentage of students involved in the arts. Under Assembly Bill 67 that information would be part of a school district's annual accountability report card. Sturgeon Bay School Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says arts participation is needed to give students a complete education.
Assembly Bill 67 is getting enthusiastic support from Door County's art community. Mona Christensen, Executive Director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, says student involvement in the creative arts brings employees into the workplace with a better mindset for facing challenges.
Assembly Bill 67 was introduced by State Representative Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay. It's now being sent to the state senate. If passed there it would go on to Governor Tony Evers for approval.