Council president requests hearing on lack of arts, physical education in city schools

Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is requesting that school officials brief city leaders on the extent to which students are receiving a "complete education" in their schools.

Young will introduce a resolution Monday that seeks information about offerings like arts and physical education. In a release, Young said a lack of arts and physical education, or what he calls an "incomplete curriculum," has been a disservice to city students.

“A focus on basic education that leaves arts education and physical education aside ignores the competencies demanded by the complex, modern world in which Baltimore City Public Schools students are expected to thrive,” Young said in a statement. “This modern world requires leaders that are innovative, creative and have received a strong, broad, complete education from a young age."

The Sun documented the lack of arts programs in city schools in a recent story, which showed how much less exposure Baltimore students have to programs than their peers around the state. In recent years, we have also documented parents' fight for more recess in schools to supplement a lack of physical education.

Young also said a recent report by the city health department found that 26 percent of Baltimore City’s children are obese. The report also found the highest obesity rates in Pre-K and kindergarten aged children, which he said could be remedied by more physical activity in schools.

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